08 March 2007

Todays Isotopic

Man... take your eyes off Africa for a second and what happens?

-- KINSHASA (Reuters) -- Democratic Republic of Congo's top nuclear research official has been arrested, the government said on Wednesday, after a Kinshasa newspaper reported uranium had gone missing from an atomic institute in the city.

Kinshasa's Le Phare newspaper reported on Wednesday two senior officials had been detained after the disappearance of around 100 bars of uranium from the city's Regional Centre for Atomic Energy.
Hell... after the constant, seemingly perpetual state of war reported across Africa, I was surprised just to learn that the DRC had "nuclear researchers" at all. There is apparently some history of nuclear involvement, going back sixty years.
Congo's Shinkolobwe mine provided high-quality uranium for the Manhattan Project, the secret U.S. programme that produced the two atomic weapons dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War Two.
It'll be interesting to see whose fingerprints are all over this one.

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