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Top 14 interesting facts about Plutonium
Plutonium was discovered in 1940 by G. T. Seaborg. Its name derives from the name of the planet Pluto.
Plutonium's melting point is at 639.5 C (912.65 K, 1183.1 F) and its boiling point is at 3235.0 C (3508.15 K, 5855.0 F).
Plutonium is a silvery-gray radioactive metal.
Plutonium tarnishes when exposed to air.
Plutonium is the heaviest primordial element.
Plutonium is a poor conductor of heat and electricity.
Plutonium is transported as plutonium oxide in sealed packages since its oxide is more stable.
Plutonium is a byproduct of nuclear reactions converted from uranium-238.
Plutonium-239 and plutonium-241 are fissile.
Plutonium is used in nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors.
Plutonium-238 is used to power and heat some spacecrafts.
Plutonium was used in Second World War in the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki.
Plutonium-238, plutonium-239, and plutonium-244 can be found in nature in small quantities.
Plutonium is dangerous for humans and it can accumulate in bones.
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