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Name Curium
Symbol Cm
Atomic number 96
Atomic mass 247 amu
Normal state solid
Classification Inner Transition metal
Crystal structure Unknown
Color Unknown
Date of discovery 1944
Name of discoverer G. T. Seaborg
Name origin Curium is named after Marie and Pierre Curie.
Uses Curium has no known uses.
Obtained from Curium is Man-made.

Curium, discovered in 1944 is an artificial radioactive element[1], that was predicted would have a revolutionary impact on power generation, since it undergoes radioactive decay, giving out large amounts of energy if it is bombarded with plutoninium dust. However, the risk of spontateous radioactive release was deemed too great.[2] A compound of curium and neutrons is know seen as a potential fuel for nuclear fusion.[3]

  2. Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry, F. Sherwood Taylor