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Studying Roman glass to improve nuclear storage

Here is an interesting article: researchers are studying 1,800-year-old Roman glass to help improve nuclease waste storage.

Denis Strachan, a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory fellow, traveled to Italy last summer in search of the corroded glass to study how modern-day glass will hold up when storing nuclear waste. As a fan cools his lab at in Richland, Wash., he sounds almost as excited about the history as the science.

Modern scientists wanted to find out:

  • How much corrosion happened over the last 1,800 years
  • How water reacted with the glass
  • What the ancient glass turned into

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Story: Courtney Flatt, KPLU | Photo: Northwest News Network

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