What nuclear ‘waste’ is, and is not

Spent nuclear fuel transportation container.
The layers of Troy. Source: Carl W. Blegen, Troy and the Trojans (Praeger, 1963).
The “Great Dust-Heap” of London, 1831. The building at right is a hospital (!)
Woodcut of dust sifters at work, from Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor (1851).
Finger on the Cretaceous boundary in clay.
The New York Times, April 2, 1947, page 36.
The liquid drop model of fission.
The alchemists’ transmutation wheel.
Artist’s rendition of Fermi’s “atomic pile” in Chicago.
Smelting lead from batteries in Pesarean, Indonesia.
Pokhran-I was tested on 18 May — Buddha Jayanti in 1974.
Working with plutonium. Don’t try this at home!
Poster from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1947
Even if all carbon emissions were to stop instantly…
Inside Yucca Mountain.
Instructions not included: no one has a clue what’s inside Silbury Hill mound near Stonehenge.
Translated to ancient Egyptian.

Will Bates writes about science, technology, and business. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous magazines.

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Will Bates writes about science, technology, and business. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous magazines.

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