In this meaty stanza, we get the truth about Marie. Sure, she discovered radium by "purifying" it, but it wreaked havoc on her body. The power she gained over the natural world through her research clashed with the destructive power in radium, the element she discovered. In the clash of Curie vs. radium, who do you think wins? She harnessed the power, sure, but it did kill her in the end.