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.
The Elemental podcast is celebrating 150 years since the periodic table was first published by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev.
Find out more about events during the United Nation’s International Year of the Periodic Table.
Professor Allan Blackman is at Auckland University of Technology.