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    Quote Originally Posted by F/1.4 View Post
    LOL I love the comment "momma don't take my californium-252 away"
    *conspiracy theory*
    - Kodak dismantles the nuclear reactor in 2007
    - Kodak ceases production of Kodachrome in 2009

    How long does a batch of that secret Kodachrome dye last PE? 2 years or so? I expect no response....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moopheus View Post
    I'd be really surprised if the fuel was really "weapons grade." Technically, I suppose, any "highly-enriched uranium" could be fashioned into a bomb, but I'd guess what they had was way below what is usually used in bombs.
    I think they do actually have highly enriched uranium at the MIT reactor. As in weapons grade. The little info I could find on it stated 93% enriched, which is pretty darn high.

    Also, if you want to get a tour of the MIT fusion lab, better try hard this year. It's unclear whether it is going to enough funding to continue.

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    Kodak, via it's Tennessee Eastman subsidiary, played a key role in the Manhattan Project, providing women to operate one of the enrichment systems at Oak Ridge. So it doesn't surprise me that they would have been 'trusted' with the neutron device in Kodak Park. The fact that almost no one knew it was there just shows that the trust was not misplaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Gray View Post
    I think they do actually have highly enriched uranium at the MIT reactor. As in weapons grade. The little info I could find on it stated 93% enriched, which is pretty darn high.
    Research reactors are typically using fuel in the 20-30 percent range. There's no practical reason to use 90+ percent in a reactor--it would be too hard to control. Also, MIT is in the process of converting to LEU.
    "People get bumped off." -- Weegee

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    Kodachrome couplers have a half life longer than most nuclear fuels.

    It is not well known but many EK researchers from the WWII era worked on the Manhattan project. They were drafted!

    And here, all along, I thought that the basement of Kodak Office was the executive parking lot.

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    I know MIT is in the process of converting. Still, the info I found stated very clearly 93% enriched uranium. MIT is one of two research reactors in the country that still use highly enriched uranium, if facts on the internet are to be believed.

    http://www.rertr.anl.gov/RERTR33/pdfs/S8-P1_Newton.pdf
    http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static...tonNAS-RAS.pdf

    I think using HEU in research reactors was more common in the past, along with higher enrichment values.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    And here, all along, I thought that the basement of Kodak Office was the executive parking lot. PE
    He.....so when you used to get home late and you said that you had to help your boss who had a flat tire in the subbasement parking.....we knew where you really were
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    He kept me after once and I missed my car pool. He drove me home.

    True story. But, I worked in a different building, not the office downtown.

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    It would be very interesting to know what kind of testing this device was used for. I could speculate some speculation but won't.
    Richard

    Why are there no speaker jacks on a stereo camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moopheus View Post
    Research reactors are typically using fuel in the 20-30 percent range. There's no practical reason to use 90+ percent in a reactor--it would be too hard to control. Also, MIT is in the process of converting to LEU.
    It's practical for the military (Navy) so they can go without refueling carriers and subs for 15-20 years, and is still very controllable.

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