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Science  01 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5556, pp. 777-779
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5556.777b

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VIENNA-- Can a crack international team secure two tremendously radioactive objects in the mountains of a strife-torn former Soviet republic before they fall into the hands of nuclear terrorists? The question may sound like a trailer for a James Bond movie, but it's for real. Science has learned that the International Atomic Energy Agency early this week dispatched a team to a remote area near Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region to grab the dangerous, portable devices.