posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 03:07 PM
should be U-235
, or a
portion thereof. When you enrich uranium, you are actually increasing U-235 through isotope
. Non-enriched uranium or natural uranium is almost pure U-238
So, if it is in fact enriched uranium, it shouldn't be U-238, but a percentage of U-235. Because the article states that this is U-238, as opposed to
a percentage of U-235, it is probably not that dangerous and not that big of a deal, seeing how it would have to be enriched. U-238 has more uses than
enrichment for nuclear fission. U-238 is a non-fissil material.
With that out of the way, this is not too scary, seeing that it would have to be enriched, which is a very difficult task. Depending on the percentage
to which it is enriched, it may not be too dangerous at all. Weapons grade uranium
is at least
enriched to 85% U-235, though realistically, more like 95-99%. Depending on the level of U-235, it could be used for something as simple as
, used for both armor and armor-piercing munitions, among other things.
[edit on 24-8-2010 by airspoon]