The Radioactive 'Capital' Of The World • Discoverology

The Radioactive ‘Capital’ Of The World

Science, Videos, World

Jachymov, a small uranium mining town in the northwest of the Czech Republic, has been key in the field of radioactivity research. More than a century ago, Marie and Pierre Curie based their revolutionary work on radioactivity on material brought from there.

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Crime, Videos

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Long Reads, Science

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Long Reads, World

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Business, Tech, Videos, World

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Architecture, Cities, Videos

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