Scientists at a heavy ion research facility in Lanzhou in northwestern Gansu province have fired superheated beams of a radioactive isotope of tantalum. Photo: Institute of Modern Physics, CAS

A beam, a bomb and a burning question: could China be rebooting a nuclear doomsday device?

Chinese researchers are experimenting with a highly radioactive isotope that could be used to dramatically worsen the fallout from a standard atomic weapon

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Scientists at a heavy ion research facility in Lanzhou in northwestern Gansu province have fired superheated beams of a radioactive isotope of tantalum. Photo: Institute of Modern Physics, CAS
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