cobalt bomb


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cobalt bomb

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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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Below: These colleagues from the radio service department at Uptons decided to take the 22-mile Lyke Wake Walk back in 1967 in aid of North Ormesby Hospital's Cobalt Bomb Appeal.
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.