With very low concentrations of uranium in seawater, it’s far more difficult and expensive to extract from the oceans than to mine from the ground. Photo: Shutterstock
With very low concentrations of uranium in seawater, it’s far more difficult and expensive to extract from the oceans than to mine from the ground. Photo: Shutterstock
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Chinese scientists have created a new material to extract uranium from seawater. It’s inspired by blood vessels

  • Researchers say their porous membrane, saturated with a chemical compound, is significantly more efficient than previous approaches
  • Oceans are estimated to hold more than 4.5 billion tonnes of the radioactive element that is used to fuel nuclear power plants

With very low concentrations of uranium in seawater, it’s far more difficult and expensive to extract from the oceans than to mine from the ground. Photo: Shutterstock
With very low concentrations of uranium in seawater, it’s far more difficult and expensive to extract from the oceans than to mine from the ground. Photo: Shutterstock
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