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3.5lbs? You need well over 100lbs to make a warhead.
Also, "weapons grade"? Enriched doesn't mean it's weapons grade
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It wasn't until 2006, well after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, that it was decided to dismantle it.
What? Is this implying that it was a threat to national security?
This article is just trying to scare people.
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post #12 of 46
It was used for testing materials I hear, not for generating electricity.
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post #13 of 46
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Anyway when i read this to i was like wth, kind of an irresponsibility since it was in a very populated area, if anything was to go wrong it would be bye bye NY.

If by that you mean a giant mushroom cloud, that's very doubtful. 3.5 lbs of uranium isn't anywhere near enough to make bombs with, nor would it be able to "blow up" like that.
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If by that you mean a giant mushroom cloud, that's very doubtful. 3.5 lbs of uranium isn't anywhere near enough to make bombs with, nor would it be able to "blow up" like that.

Yeah its seems it isn't enough, not a nuclear expert =), yet its still Enriched uranium, so bad things would still happen even if not in a big scale, in case things go wrong.
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Soooo... Kodak tried to build skynet first....

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post #16 of 46
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If by that you mean a giant mushroom cloud, that's very doubtful. 3.5 lbs of uranium isn't anywhere near enough to make bombs with, nor would it be able to "blow up" like that.

However, it would wipe out the basement, and the building would probably collapse causing high fatalities and entrapment. Not to mention the radiation.
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post #17 of 46
You could make a pretty gnarly dirty bomb with it for sure, but that would kill far fewer people than a full on nuclear detonation methinks. It would damage the economy far more than the physical city itself.
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Lol at one of the comments at source :
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If you've ever been to Rochester before 2006 and felt your balls tingling... this is why.

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On topic : I'm sure Kodak never meant to hurt anyone, relax. If it went out of control however...
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Originally Posted by Dante_son_of_sparda View Post

source?

Sorry forgot it, its there now
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Allow me:
SOURCE

Thanks Mate, fixed now.

Anyway when i read this to i was like ***, kind of an irresponsibility since it was in a very populated area, if anything was to go wrong it would be bye bye NY. Worse is the US government allowed it.

The Reactor is no where near the city of New York. Canadian cities would be more at risk if something you proposed happened.
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Yeah its seems it isn't enough, not a nuclear expert =), yet its still Enriched uranium, so bad things would still happen even if not in a big scale, in case things go wrong.
This is likely a risk with just about any research reactor. I know of two in populated areas (LEU though with one, if not both)...most university research reactors are on-site or nearby. Most are below the 'enriched' designation of 20% U-235, though.
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You could make a pretty gnarly dirty bomb with it for sure, but that would kill far fewer people than a full on nuclear detonation methinks. It would damage the economy far more than the physical city itself.
This is correct. 3.5 lbs is pretty tiny. Has anyone tried to lift a plate of DU before? Their atomic mass is such that is takes very little quantity to reach 3.5 lbs.
    
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