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Radioactive substance worth $70mn seized in turkey!
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TURKEY


I used Google translate to get the extracts from the Turkish article.


19th March 2018 - US $ 70 million nuclear material operation in Ankara


Extracts:


In an automobile search in Ankara, one kilogram of 441 grams of nuclear "californium", worth 70 million dollars in market value, was seized.


Turkey Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) to the authorities, security officials, "californium" substance is generated only in the United States and Russia.


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International smuggling and theft of nuclear material is a huge problem. Weight for weight some nuclear isotopes can be worth way more than gold. Who was going to purchase this californium, and what was it going to be used for?



https://aa.com.tr/tr/turkiye/ankarada-70...nu/1093216
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Some articles stated that the actual value of that amount of californium was in the billions. Questions arise - moving material out of Russia through Turkey... was US nuclear weapons storage in Turkey involved.... this would make quite an interesting espionage documentary & film. Thank you for tracking down the Turkish article.
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Pia,

"this would make quite an interesting espionage documentary & film"

It certainly would.

Quotes from: https://www.quora.com/Why-does-the-eleme...ars-a-gram

"Californium is known to be one of the most expensive materials on the earth due to its cost of transportation, limited availability, and expensive production process."

"Only a handful of facilities are capable of producing Californium including the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Russia. As little as 0.25g of the element might be produced in a single year. This means that it is extremely scarce and has limited availability."


If as little as 0.25g of the element might be produced in a single year, then 441 grams would take 1764 years to produce!

Another Quote:

"Thirdly it is an element that is not easily transported. Despite its microscopic size, Californium must travel in specialized heavy duty containers that prevent the release of radioactive material. You may think that a single gram of Californium could be carried in a small container? In reality, that single gram would require a huge shipping cask that is specifically designed and built to transport the element."

In this article they are showing multiple glass vials and a plastic bag of highly radioactive Californium out in the open.

There is far more to this story than a first read would indicate!!!

Is it Californium in these vials?

If not, what is it?

Maybe this story has another agenda!!!
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Well, it appears that my suspicions about this not being Californium were well founded.

20st March 2018 - “Nuclear” mystery solved in Ankara"

Extracts:

The mystery behind the seizure by Turkish police of a substance that had been believed to be the extremely rare nuclear chemical Californium in a poor area of Ankara has been solved after Turkey’s nuclear authority identified it instead as an organic resin, economy-focussed newspaper Dünya said .

Analysts were baffled when pro-government broadcaster NTV announced that 1.4 kg of Californium had been found in the Ankara suburb of Pursaklar, with some pointing out that that amount would represent around 4,000 years of global production of the element at present rates.

https://ahvalnews.com/californium/nuclea...ved-ankara
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(03-21-2018, 12:03 AM)vital1 Wrote: Well, it appears that my suspicions about this not being Californium were well founded.

20st March 2018 - “Nuclear” mystery solved in Ankara"

Extracts:

The mystery behind the seizure by Turkish police of a substance that had been believed to be the extremely rare nuclear chemical Californium in a poor area of Ankara has been solved after Turkey’s nuclear authority identified it instead as an organic resin, economy-focussed newspaper Dünya said .

Analysts were baffled when pro-government broadcaster NTV announced that 1.4 kg of Californium had been found in the Ankara suburb of Pursaklar, with some pointing out that that amount would represent around 4,000 years of global production of the element at present rates.

https://ahvalnews.com/californium/nuclea...ved-ankara

Agreed, it was  confusing news.  Glad we have a less-confusing answer finally.
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