Science: Radioactive Bargain

Before World War II, metallic uranium was pretty much of a laboratory curiosity. No one wanted it, so few bothered to refine it. When Westinghouse Corp. refined its first uranium, the cost was estimated at $1,000 a pound. Last week the Atomic Energy Commission announced that 200 Ibs. of almost pure metallic uranium will be put on the market some time this month. Price: $50 a pound. The 200 Ibs. of uranium (too impure for use as an atomic energy reactor) will be available exclusively to AEC-licensed users for independent research projects.


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