MIT's nuclear reactor
Photo: Dominic Chavez, Globe Staff; Text: Eric Wilbur/Boston.com Staff
Few outside of the area of Mass. Ave. and Albany St. realize the presence of a 5-megawatt nuclear reactor in the midst of Cambridge. Despite some local fear over its presence, MIT is trying to educate residents about the great unlikelihood that anything should happen with the teaching facility. Following 9/11, MIT eliminated its storage of highly enriched uranium, David Moncton, director of the nuclear reactor laboratory, recently told the Globe. Now, the uranium kept in the facility is "about one-10th what you would need to make a bomb."