Can you make a nuclear handgrade of Nuclear isomers?

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Take a look at this link Scary Things Come in Small Packages And tell me if you think it's possible to use it like the Washington post suggests?

And if would work, can we use it peacefully too?
And what about the 'residues/waste' when using it?
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Read the article, it's quite funny :)

"Scientists who had been involved in the work at Argonne were apoplectic. The idea that the government would make a nonexistent weapon a classified secret struck them as silly, and also as dangerous if it meant that the scientific debate became shrouded in secrecy"
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Can you make a nuclear handgrade of Nuclear isomers?
« Reply #1 on: 22/02/2010 19:34:40 »
Simple answer is no.
The results of the experiment couldn't be replicated by other labs (that's the  scientific polite way to say "they made it up").

The military are noted for doing silly things.
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Can you make a nuclear handgrade of Nuclear isomers?
« Reply #2 on: 24/02/2010 06:15:35 »
And the EEC too (EU for us Swedes:)
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Can you make a nuclear handgrade of Nuclear isomers?
« Reply #3 on: 24/02/2010 22:13:08 »
Incidentally, there's an old joke which says "If it stinks it's chemistry; if it wriggles it's biology and if it doesn't work it's physics".
On that basis, among others, this thread shouldn't be in chemistry.
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