sells some scary stuff. Looking for some uranium? They've got it. As well as super radioactive ore. They'll ship it right to your front door. Plus, chemicals to build explosives. It all has a jokey feel to it, but the more I look at the site, the more convinced I become that it's real. I think it's a store for science hobbyists that's purposely going for the 'mad scientist' feel.
Low levels of radioactivity, when experienced infrequently, aren't nearly as deadly as you seem to think.
There are many amateur scientists and hobbyists experimenting with these materials and advancing human knowledge in the process.
Buy one of their spinthariscopes and then tell me it doesn't fascinate you.
You need some weapons grade stuff to build a nuclear weapon - highly unstable material which you can only get from processing radioactive material (Uranium 232?) in a controlled environment (i.e a nuclear power station) I'm not sure of the exact requirements, even to make a 'dirty' bomb you need much more radioactivity than this.
<a href = "http://www.antenna.nl/wise/uranium/rup.html#UORE"> Uranium Radiation Levels</a>
I may however be interested in some sheet metal plans for a jet engine... mmm
"United Nuclear was formed in 1986 by Los Alamos scientist, Bob Lazar. Bob had previously worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory ( specifically in the Meson Physics facility ), involved with experiments using the 1/2 mile long Linear Particle Accelerator. He eventually decided to break away and start his own company. Bob moved from Los Alamos, New Mexico to Las Vegas, Nevada in the summer of 1986, and there the new company was formed and named United Nuclear. "
This is the same guy that's also been all over the news claiming to have been at Area 51.
Not only did he work at Area 51 (for like 47 hrs total) but after working there for just 1 day (according to him on Discovery) he figured out the fuel supply for the supposed "recovered UFO". Something all the previous scientists had failed to do despite working on it since it's supposed crash in 47. Not that I think the government is up front about ANYTHING... but Lazaar is just looking for attention and is full of shit, but at the same time somewhat clever in that he knows not only can you not prove his claims, you can't disprove them either.
If it's all the same to you, I'd rather they ship it to someone else's front door.
Personally, I think the site is about 75% real, and 25% silliness. In some ways it is not unlike http://www.sciplus.com .
Has anyone seen an Edmund Scientific catalog recently? The last one I saw was maybe five or ten years ago and I seem to remember it had quite a bit of odd stuff in it. Maybe this guy is trying to compete with Edmund Scientific and is going for publicity as a way to catch up quick?
for the fun stuff: http://www.scientificsonline.com
for the expensive lasers, lenses, filters, etc: http://www.edmundoptics.com
Posted by Citizen Premier on Fri Feb 25, 2005 at 11:58 PM
ihad an earth science professor that kept a blockof the stuff sitting on his deskin his office
If you ever get access to a gigercounter, take a walk with it along a railroad track, or breakwater. Odds are in less than an hour, you'll find some VERY hot chunks of ore bearing granite.
For even more fun, take one antiquing. Radium dail clocks, vials of radium paint, old pottery with radioactive glazes, even old bottles of "radium tonic", and dentures treated with americurium (to give them a "lifelike" look) can be found all over the place.
Just one warning though, DON'T DO WHAT THIS KID DID! http://www.dangerouslaboratories.org/radscout.html
So it may be a somewhat more dangerous hobby than macrame, but it's probably safer than some other hobbies like mountain biking or collecting classic cars.
.000030 uCi of Uranium
.000003 uCi of Thorium
.12 uCi of Potassium 40
.00003 uCi of Radium
.4 uCi of Carbon 14
.0006 uCi of Hydrogen 3
.001 uCi of Polonium
Unenriched uranium is about .710 uCi/g so you'd have to eat .75 grams of pure uranium metal (much more of diluted ore) to even double the amount of reactions in your body.
If that doesn't calm you down, try looking up the radioactivity of NoSalt, or check out what is in your smoke detectors.
Still spooked? All light is radiation. Everything from Gamma rays to ELF rays are radiation. Only the frequencies above mid-ultra violet are ionizing, meaning the wavelengths are small enough to knock electrons off track. They are more dangerous, but only when improperly used/encountered.
Still spooked? Ok... All the isotopes of tungsten have been found to be radioactive, they all have measurable half-lives. Same for bismuth (think pink medicine). In fact, every year we lose a few more "stable" elements. The fact that their half-lives are on the order of a few quadrillion times longer than the age of the universe doesn't matter. We used to think uranium was stable.
Still? OK, helium, all our lovely party balloons and blimps float because of radiation, the decay of primordial isotopes release helium nuclei into underground gas deposits, where helium is extracted. Once used, it is released into the atmosphere, where it escapes earth's gravity and is never returned.
Still? Ok.. all matter is radioactive, the half-life of a proton is only about 10^40 years, all protons now in existance will decay away eventually (and there doesn't seem to be a ready source of them). This means all matter will break down eventually, into smaller matter, and energy.
You are surrounded by radiation, you are part of it, you will eventually become it. Fearing it outright does no good. You must respect the radiation, like a fast car, beautiful woman, or website forum. Know what radiation will kill you, make you sick, spook the neighbours, get you arrested, and heat your food.
However, before you buy the hydrogen car kit, or any such: you might want to google search "Bob Lazar" who seems to run the site.
A really interesting link:
FIVE HOURS AGO.
I rescued them, although I hid behind the freezer door when I grabbed them. Ever seen a frozen can explode? It can blow the door open on your freezer.
It was the home-made explosive thingy that reminded me they were there, though, so thanks. At least they never exploded (not frozen solid YET, but all you have to do is open it and it would freeze from the air contact...) But if they had, I woulda posted a pic for you guys...
As for safe radioactive substances, they're all over. Read the back of your smoke detector sometime.
There is a lot of crap on their website specifically geared towards science teacher types. There are also a lot of things on their website that might teach you a thing or two.
I was forwarded an email that someone here received from a customer - asking if we were a legitimate company because of some comments he saw on a web page.
He gave us the address and this is apparently the site.
Yes everyone, United Nuclear Scientific Supplies is a legitimate business, and have been in business for quite some time.
Aside from the sales of unique scientific equipment, we are a primary Government contractor designing, building, repairing and maintaining radiation detection equipment for various national laboratories. We are also provide consulting services and are in the development of a Hydrogen Fuel System Retrofit Kit for late-model internal combustion engines.
We supply most schools & universities with scientific equipment and also specifically tailor ourselves to the home experimenter... offering some very hard to find scientific items.
Although we still have a lot of work to do in our Experiments & Projects sections, we also try to provide a source for the more interesting and unusual experiments & projects that are typically left out of your ordinary chemistry & science publications.
-United Nuclear Scientific Supplies
P.O. Box 851
Sandia Park, NM. 87047
Uranium is only mildly radioactive. Uranium ore is perfectly safe to handle and have around. It is toxic if ingested, but so are many things. Elements such as radium or plutonium are over a million times more radioactive than uranium is. Uranium ore occures naturally all over the US and all over the world. It is only midly radioactive.
There is radiation all around us, coming from space, minerals in the ground and natural isotopes like carbon-14 and potassium-40. Handling uranium ore is only a drop in the bucket of radiation you're exposed to every day.
There is nothing scary or illegal about anything United Nuclear sells.
Bismuth is actually not radioactive. It has the highest atomic number for a stable element. (this info was from the UN website: http://unitednuclear.com/bismuth.htm)
radiation then you are all nuts. First off the
same crap that all those Ex vets claimed to have been poisoned with in Desert Storm was U-238 or perhaps U-245 meaing it is entirely harmless.
Will not go into details but only FRESH highly enriched ios dangerous and the other is just a very dense metal such a gold or lead...Hell I have held A Geiger counter next to smaples of
REAL A-10 Warthog 20mm rounds for ten or twentyminutes and got more radiation readings from the damn microwave in our Lunch room so put your fears aside..the stuff is harmeless !!!!!
As far as aliens go then you had better look up Bentwaters AF Base sighting which happened in the eighties as that I believe...Bentwaters is located 100 miles from London,England and once housed Nuclear Weapons...Aliens dropped in to check out weapons and used a special beam to access enitre package in the bunkers while scarring the hell out of US Airforce personell.
They were some sort of probes sent into Earth to see our weapons stored at Bent waters in England!!!
You cannot blame united nuclear for the current slow service. They have said on their site for the past month+ that they are moving into a new warehouse, which will definitely slow service, plus they have to deal with the government. They were recently raided by the CPSC. Also, they have contracts to supply many laboratories, schools, and government organizations, which means they are a very busy company. And with the government trying to give all chemical suppliers as much crap as possible, blame the Government for trying to shut them all down..not slow service..NO service. So, before you say anything bad about UNSS, try to read into a website and what they tell you before you buy.
Many time VERY satisfied customer of UNSS,
just to tell you, there is a ready sorce of protons- neutrons! they will decay after the protons go, with a half life of 10 minutes.
Bismuth is radioactive, just with the longest half life every discovered.
We buy Uranium Ores samples for our uranium synthesis and enrichment process and EMP experiments in our nuclear science & applied physics laboratory.
Samples came in radiation-proof cases, and can be handled safely.
My geiger counter confirmed their certificate to be 100% accurate (and radioactive).
While their items are radioactive, they could not be weaponized for a RDD or a dirty bomb. The US Postal Service scans for that type of material.
Any material that could be weaponized is regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
If you fly across the coutry you would be exposed to more radiation than by handling most of these rocks for a couple of minutes.
If you ever get a sunburn that is also much more dangerous to your health.
United Nuclear takes the time to mark the more radioactive items and even has a page devoted to the safe collection and handling of these rocks for beginning collectors.
Also like one fellow mentioned, if you travel to states like Utah you could dig up your own radioactive specimens.
I find it very hard to believe your signature "Ph.D, M.D." with your grammar. No one "is" a Ph.D, but they may attain one.
The rod for the ring stand doesn't fit into the base so it's unusable, and I can't get anyone to respond to my emails about how to get a replacement. Very very very bad customer service. I just filed a complaint through paypal, and I guess if they don't respond in 20 days I'll at least get my money back.
They finally sent the correct item, but it took about 2 months total time and filing a grievance with paypal to get the order filled properly.