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We’re given special access to various plutonium compounds at the National Nuclear Laboratory, in Sellafield. A chance to meet the “Hannibal Lecter of the Periodic Table”. With thanks to Mark Sarsfield and Chris Maher…

In part this video shows how plutonium is extracted from nuclear fuel waste.

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  1. Isn't plutonium toxic to all life forms on the planet Earth possibly the solar system our galaxy and the Universe or Multiverse? It just proves how demented some scientist can be to create plutonium.

  2. What I'm hearing is that I should swap out my Depleted Uranium rounds on my A10 Warthog cannon for Depleted Plutonium rounds?.. actually, would a Plutonium (or depleted Plutonium) round actually be a better penetrating round as Uranium is used specifically because it is dense and has excellent penetration capabilities against armored vehicles?

  3. At 12:58 the mad scientist is very flippant when he says it would be "embarrassing" if the container holding the plutonium explodes! "Embarrassing", that is not the correct word for a catastrophe.

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