Learn why radium is so radioactive it can both cause and cure cancer.
- Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium in 1898.
- Radium is a product of the radioactive decay of uranium.
- Exposure to radium is harmful.
- Radium is an important medical tool and can treat cancer.
In 1898, in this basic laboratory, Marie and Pierre Curie discovered an entirely new element.
Marie & Pierre Curie
They discovered radium: a highly radioactive alkaline-earth metal.
Radium is an extremely scarce element. It is a product of the radioactive decay of uranium atoms.
The Curies isolated it from uranium ore, or ...
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