MG (voiceover): During the last year, Patterson's little beads have led to a huge surprise. Not only do they produce heat. It turns out, they also neutralize radioactivity.
JP: This is the cell system down here . . .
MG: It sounds like such an amazing development, the company is attracting big name scientists, like Norm Olsen. He traveled all the way from Hanford, Washington, where the government stores billions of gallons of high level radioactive waste.
Norman Olsen: If this technology works out as advertised, it means we could significantly reduce the radioactivity of nuclear waste in the United States, and the world.
MG: But does it work as advertised? We decided to put it to the test.
JP: What I have in this cup is radioactive uranium in a water medium.
MG: And that's what's sending that Geiger going crazy, right?
MG: So the idea is that the radioactive material will then flow through your device, and actually remove the radioactivity?
MG: I don't believe it. Go ahead and push the button. Let's see if it works.(Laughs.)
MG (voiceover during time lapse shot): The experiment began at high noon, with the Geiger counter registering well over 300. But by speeding up the video, you can see that after a couple of hours, the radioactivity was cut down by more than half
— a reduction that would take billions of years to happen naturally