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With Plutonium, Even Ceramics May Slump

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Science  12 Jan 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5809, pp. 174
DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5809.174

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Crystalline ceramics such as zircon, a promising idea for immobilizing nuclear waste, may not be so solid after all. A new study reveals that alpha radiation could break down this ceramic's structure more rapidly than assumed. (Read more.)