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Depleted-Uranium Weapons: the Whys and Wherefores

Gsponer, Andre;
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  • Published: 23 Jan 2003
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Comment: Postface to a book to be published by the Bertrand Russell Foundation, Final version with acknowledgments, 33 pages
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free text keywords: Physics - Physics and Society
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