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Watch How the U.S. and China Worked Together to Get Weapons-Grade Uranium out of Ghana

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The removal from Ghana of the highly enriched uranium core. Image courtesy of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Ghana, 2017.
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In July, U.S. and Chinese nuclear scientists converged on a Chinese-built Miniature Neutron Source...

The new reactor core installed in Ghana. Image by Richard Stone. Ghana, 2017
The new reactor core installed in Ghana. Image by Richard Stone. Ghana, 2017

An airlift 10 years in the making occurred in August, when a highly enriched uranium reactor was flown out of Ghana and replaced with a more efficient core, the product of the first cooperation between U.S. and Chinese nuclear researchers in 20 years. Science's Richard Stone was on the ground in Ghana, and talks about his experiences traveling the world and reporting on these international efforts to improve nuclear security.

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