June 01, 2010

Treasure Hunt

One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes takes time out from her S.C.U.B.A. prep to pass along this interesting tale of archeology, marine salvage and atomic science.
(Link via Jerry Pournelle)

Archeologists had been fruitlessly trying to get funds to examine an old Roman shipwreck. Then someone found out that the wrecks ancient cargo was lead ingots. Lead that was smelted before 1945 and kept in a neutron inhibitor (like water) is devoid of certain radionucleides released by the A-bomb tests. This makes such lead exceedingly important for certain physics experiments and more precious than gold for those applications.

Funding problem SOLVED! ( By SCIENCE!)

Science-babe art is by Ao Ume

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