Ivanukite: Soaks up Nuclear Waste

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A new material has been discovered which absorbs radioactive substances.

The geologist who discovered it, Viktor Yakovenchuk, says it’s capable of absorbing radioactive substances like caesium and rubidium from water-based solutions, and storing them inside.

And radioactive water would be completely safe after coming into contact with Ivanukite.

The rub? To be effective, tonnes of the material would be necessary to have an impact on current levels of nuclear waste. At present, only a few grams have been discovered. Scientists are now trying to chemically clone the material.