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(C/NF) Additionally, at some time in the past the Catholic mission in Bukavu bought 12 g of red mercury from the cache. There is no indication that any other materials, specifically the Uranium, have been sold.
Red mercury is a theoretical substance of uncertain composition purportedly used in the creation of nuclear bombs, as well as a variety of unrelated weapons systems. Samples obtained from arrested would-be terrorists invariably consisted of nothing more than various red dyes or powders of little value, which some suspect was being sold as part of a campaign intended to flush out potential nuclear smugglers. The hoax was first reported in 1979 and was commonly discussed in the media in the 1990s, with prices for this substance as high as $500,000 per kilogram being reported.[
In the Dark•Matter role-playing game, red mercury does exist, and the player characters may find themselves having to hunt down terrorists who may want to use it for weapons of mass destruction. In keeping with the conspiracy theory and unidentified flying object (UFO) themes of the game, while red mercury is indeed usable as a seemingly impossibly potent nuclear fuel, it's actually originally meant to be a foodstuff for a bizarre alien race. The red mercury on Earth arrived when that species visited, and humans have been trying to duplicate it (with very limited success) since.
An extensive salvage operation was mounted in order to try to recover the flight data recorders, one of which was successfully recovered from a depth of 4,900 metres (16,100 ft)—the deepest successful salvage operation ever conducted.
The investigation into the accident is severely hampered by the lack of any eyewitness accounts and radar tracks, as well as the airplane's black boxes, which have not been recovered from the ocean floor.
Originally posted by mydarkpassenger
reply to post by quietone77
I don't know about the color, but Scientific American reported earlier this month that an isotope of Mercury derived from Thorium is in fact fissionable.
Red Mercury has been used as a code word for stolen atomic materials.(weapons grade material)
One televised report indicated that the Soviet Union, which had a vested interest in nuclear non-proliferation, encouraged the KGB and GRU to arrange sting operations for the detection of those seeking to deal in nuclear materials. The Soviet intelligence services created a myth of the necessity of "red mercury" for the sorts of nuclear devices that terrorists and rogue governments might seek. This would provide a neat explanation for the sudden "appearance" of red mercury in the press, but it also seems difficult to understand why they would then publicly discount red mercury in what would appear to be a successful programme.
The US seams to have gone along with the joke and now uses the term red mercury as a code word thus spreading the belief that there is a substance called red mercury and that its needed for atomic weapons. This outs terrorist and others that try to buy it and subjects them to people selling red mercury costing them a lot of money.
There was a Liquid metal cooled nuclear reactor, liquid metal fast reactor that used mercury as a coolant. this mercury would be highly radioactive, very heavy and would fool people into thinking they had bomb material. en.wikipedia.org... en.wikipedia.org... just heating a couple drops of this old reactor coolant and fuming the inside of a fake radioactive material container would let it appear to be real material when a geiger counter was run over the container.
Both Iraq and Iran tried to buy red mercury for years on the black market and this was a major clue that both were trying to build nuclear weapons