Uranium Dioxide

Who doesn’t want a little Uranium Dioxide in their life? Similar to "yellowcake", this is an intermediate step in the processing of uranium ore into fuel. Uranium Dioxide is what fuel pellets for nuclear reactors are made from. This sample, however, is about 99% U-238, and about .7% U-235. If one were to use this in a reactor, you’d need to enrich it to somewhere between 3, and 20% U-235. If you wanted to make it into a bomb, you’d need closer to 70% U-235. You’d also need a lot more than 5 grams of it. I hope The Man keeps that in mind when he sees this page, and decides to pay me a visit. Relax, bro..I haven’t even purchased any aluminum tubes yet.

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