Uranium is named after Uranus, and other inside jokes

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Part of the fun of fakeology is picking apart origin stories. @smj is great at this, and we value his wit when reading Wickedpedia.

The central part of the nuclear lie is the nuclear reactor. Everything else about a nuclear power plant is real. Boiling water, steam, spinning turbines all work well and have changed society. It’s the core lie of pellets and rods that I question.

Is there anything in the Uranium story that’s hard to believe? Any numerology used to code the ? Has anyone tested its melting point of 1132C perchance? Is there any chance someone with such a kiln could debunk this number?

I’ll highlite some fun and links below.

Let’s explore the wonderful world of your anus’ rock!

Uranium is a heavy metal which has been used as an abundant source of concentrated energy for over 60 years.
Uranium occurs in most rocks in concentrations of 2 to 4 parts per million and is as common in the Earth’s crust as tin, tungsten and molybdenum. Uranium occurs in seawater, and can be recovered from the oceans.
Uranium was discovered in 1789 by Martin Klaproth, a German chemist, in the mineral called pitchblende. It was named after the planet Uranus, which had been discovered eight years earlier.
Uranium was apparently formed in supernovae about 6.6 billion years ago. While it is not common in the solar system, today its slow radioactive decay provides the main source of heat inside the Earth, causing convection and continental drift.
The high density of uranium means that it also finds uses in the keels of yachts and as counterweights for aircraft control surfaces, as well as for radiation shielding.
Uranium has a melting point of 1132°C. The chemical symbol for uranium is U.


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7 thoughts on “Uranium is named after Uranus, and other inside jokes

  1. barbm124

    Imagine the smell coming out of diesel engines generating GWs of electrical power? Such power plant had to be very smelly. It could be natural gas which can burn very effectively without any smell.
    Whatever it is, it works fine and we have no shortage of electricity.
    But they won’t sell it cheap to us though.

  2. Jepulisjepsis

    Nuclear plant can possibly be real but it can provide electric power also by it’s backup diesel generators. In Finland that diesel power must be equal to plant maximum power production capacity. So it can run by diesels as long there is gas in gas tanks. One of our nuclear fear plant (Loviisa) is very near to russian gas pipeline. To me it is obvious what fuel that “nuclear” plant is really using. Better name for these really are nuclear fear plant. They can produce nothing else than fear and myths. Only limit to nuclear physics is human imagination. Nuclear atom and neutron can do anything – they say.

    1. gaia

      Wikipedia – Nuclear power in Finland

      As of 2019, Finland has four nuclear reactors in two power plants, all located on the shores of the Baltic Sea, and providing about 30% of the country’s electricity. The first reactor came into operation in 1977. A fifth reactor is under construction, scheduled to begin commercial operation in January 2020, and a sixth reactor is planned. If all planned projects are completed, the share of electricity produced by nuclear could double by 2025, reaching around 60%.

      Finland’s nuclear reactors are among the world’s most productive, with average capacity factors of 94% in the 1990s.

      Things like this make me wonder if I didn’t jump to conclusions too quickly. Taking the obvious Nuclear Bomb Hoax too far without thinking about the implications. I have the same wonder for oil-lean France.

      On Finland: If 30 (now) to 60 % of the electricity (not “energy”?) market would come from “diesel generators” (instead of “nuclear reactors”), where does Finland get all that diesel from and indeed why not use gas instead??

      Wikipedia – Nuclear power in France

      Nuclear power is a major source of energy in France, with a 40% share of energy consumption in 2015. Nuclear power is the largest source of electricity in the country, with a generation of 379.1 TWh, or 71.6% of the country’s total production of 519.4 TWh, the highest percentage in the world.

      Électricité de France (EDF) – the country’s main electricity generation and distribution company – manages the country’s 58 power reactors. EDF is substantially owned by the French Government, with around 85% shares in government hands.

      France exported 38 TWh of electricity to its neighbours in 2017. The country becomes a net importer of electricity when demand exceeds supply, in rare cases of very inclement weather, because of the lack of more flexible generating plants.

      These numbers are huge and become quite impossible to maintain. A couple of Fat Boys and Little Men faked in Laurel Canyon, soit, but how to “hoax” 72 % of the energy market? That goes way out of hand, and especially too much to waive off out of hand.

      There is more real than meets the Fakeologist 1.0’s eye.

      1. ab Post author

        Canada has an abundance of hydro power. Ontario’s power company was originally called Ontario Hydro, and its motto was “power at cost”. Most provinces have unlimited hydro, and of course it’s the cleanest of power
        The dams even serve to preserve water and regulate flooding.

  3. gaia

    Both Ouranos (God of Heaven; son and husband of Gaia; just like Bachué here) and Uranium are the last in their respective lines;

    Though not a member of the “classical planets” (which stop at Saturn), Ouranos was already recognized as a planet way before its official discovery in 1781 by… Herschel, also before Flamsteed in 1650, as the Dutch Wikipedia claims as first date. The apparent magnitude of Ouranos is sufficient to observe in the decreasingly available non-light polluted areas on Earth, like the Atacama Desert, the whole reason for ESO’s telescopes there.

    Neptune was only discovered in 1846 and thus would not be among the “non-official classical planets”.

    Still they use the term “transneptunean objects”, counting Neptune as the last planet (after the demotion of Pluto).

    Uranium (92) also is the last in its line, as last naturally occurring element. Everything above Uranium is allegedly artificially fabricated. If that really happened and on which elements, is open for investigation, I’d say.

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