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a series of chemical reactions in which the product of one is a reactant in the next

a self-sustaining nuclear reaction

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Since the demonstrated reaction involved several molecules on a surface, it reframes researchers' understanding of surface-based chain reactions.
Presented by Simon Delaney from Bachelors Walk, Chain Reactions focuses on a different strand of Irish society and the radical changes it has undergone over the past 25 years.
Once those compounds had settled in the delta, geological processes such as uplifting of earth layers and erosion eventually positioned the deposits of concentrated uranium underground, where they were bathed in enough water to start the chain reactions.
Subcritical nuclear tests are different from traditional nuclear experiments in that they are halted before nuclear materials reach ''criticality,'' in which a nuclear chain reaction is triggered.
Because of the potential unleashing of such power, Einstein suggested that FDR might think it desirable to have some permanent contact maintained between the administration and the group of physicists working on chain reactions in America.
The result would be a nuclear bomb, tremendously more powerful than ordinary bombs based on chemical chain reactions.
Sulfite oxidation produces radicals and chain reactions and does not take place in the absence of metal ions, which act catalytically.
Players evade enemy attacks and then use perfect timing to blast their foes in a colorful display of explosive chain reactions.
Lowering body temperature, thereby cooling the blood, slows processes in the brain that ignite harmful biochemical chain reactions.