cobalt bomb


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cobalt bomb

n
1. (Medicine) a cobalt-60 device used in radiotherapy
2. (Military) a nuclear weapon consisting of a hydrogen bomb encased in cobalt, which releases large quantities of radioactive cobalt-60 into the atmosphere
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Indeed, the government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta later reported details of the weapon, without showing the diagram, and speculated that it would carry a gigantic cobalt bomb -- just like the Doomsday Machine in "Dr Strangelove", although a little smaller.
It was founded at the old North Ormesby Hospital where a state-of-the-art cobalt bomb machine for the treatment of cancer was opened by Princess Margaret in 1962.
While it sounds quite alarming, the cobalt bomb was in fact a rather simple form of treatment machine containing a radioactive source made of Cobalt 60.