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MAX RAPHAEL: [in voice over] Radiation cells are sometimes used to help librarians kill mold on books damaged by water.
Modern Marvels (Season 11 Episode 26): "Nuclear Technology"
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 08, 2004 on The History Channel
Nuclear research ranges from well-known applications, such as bombs and reactors, to little-known uses in medicine, food preparation, and radiation detection. It's also spawned ancillary technologies to store nuclear waste and clean up accidents. Despite the risk of use and abuse for destructive purposes, many scientists remain optimistic about what's next for the atom. In an explosive hour, we explore the atom in war and peace, and the latest in nuclear power generation, safety, and security.
* Radiation cells are sometimes used to help librarians kill mold on books damaged by water.
* Common materials that are radioactive include concrete, which contains uranium in a concentration of 31 parts per million.
* In France, nearly sixty nuclear reactors supply almost 80 percent of the country's electricity.
* The United States government maintains a stockpile of more than 10,000 nuclear warheads.