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(Yahoo)   Nuclear agency plans five new plutonium buildings at Los Alamos lab. You'd think that'd be hard on employees but oh well   (news.yahoo.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, United States Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nuclear weapon, Savannah River Site, Plutonium, PUREX, Nuclear proliferation, Radioactive waste  
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2022-05-19 5:57:21 PM  
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Flowery Twats: Ummm...do we really need more nukes?

Or is this just some sort of maintenance of existing nukes? TFA talks about ramping up production of triggers, so it sounds like they're trying to build more weapons, not just refurbish existing ones.

Anyone care to comment?


"Instead of making newer weapons of mass destruction, we should just concentrate on making use of the ones we already have at home."

-Dr. Clayton Forrester
 
2022-05-19 4:30:25 PM  
3 votes:
Subby said "hard on."
 
2022-05-19 5:07:40 PM  
2 votes:
I don't think buildings should be made out of uranium.  It isn't that sturdy of a building material.
 
2022-05-19 3:35:36 PM  
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2022-05-19 7:54:52 PM  
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Flowery Twats: Ummm...do we really need more nukes?

Or is this just some sort of maintenance of existing nukes? TFA talks about ramping up production of triggers, so it sounds like they're trying to build more weapons, not just refurbish existing ones.

Anyone care to comment?


Triggers utilize a short-lifetime actinide and (iirc without looking anything up) beryllium, such that when crushed together by the chemical implosion wave, the alpha rays from the actinide are guaranteed to spall a few neutrons off the beryllium during maximum compression and initiate mega-big-ba-da-boom.

The short life of the trigger's actinide means they require regular maintenance/replacement. This is a significant part, btw, of why a lot of us suspect that a large fraction of Russia's nukes are nothing but dirty bombs at this point.

There's also an increasing need for Pu-238 for deep space missions, in light of... *ahem*... certain logistic problems likely to arise in terms of the supply from Russia. Which we depended on because flushing money down the drain on pointless wars in the middle east and criminalizing being nonwhite were more important than our ability to do science (among other things).
 
2022-05-19 8:17:15 PM  
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2022-05-20 9:21:57 AM  
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