6 Dec 2019

Uranium - first radioactive element to be discovered

From Elemental, 8:00 am on 6 December 2019

Uranium is named after the planet Uranus.

Uranium (atomic number 92) is the highest-numbered element found naturally in significant quantities on earth

It is associated with Hiroshima and nuclear bombs, says Professor Allan Blackman from the Auckland University of Technology, in episode 90 of Elemental.

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Professor Allan Blackman is at Auckland University of Technology.