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Good grief people, have you never heard of Google? Or Wikipedia?!

Depleted uranium is very weakly radioactive and will have no effect on you unless you eat it, breathe it or get it on your skin. As for the hard drive application, the metal case that hard drives are made of NOW is more than sufficient to block any radiation. Hell, you'd get more radiation from an old-style glow in the dark wristwatch. Or sleeping in the same bed as another person.
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When they miss one that wasnt completed Depleted and you get ahold of it. You will wonder where you got that extra pair of arms from.
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Good grief people, have you never heard of Google? Or Wikipedia?!

Depleted uranium is very weakly radioactive and will have no effect on you unless you eat it, breathe it or get it on your skin. As for the hard drive application, the metal case that hard drives are made of NOW is more than sufficient to block any radiation. Hell, you'd get more radiation from an old-style glow in the dark wristwatch. Or sleeping in the same bed as another person.
Won't block gamma radiation. And probably only a percentage of beta radiation. Alpha radiation will be blocked though, which is the main danger with U-238.

The main problem is not radiation during the device's lifetime, but when the device is obsolete and thrown out.
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When they miss one that wasnt completed Depleted and you get ahold of it. You will wonder where you got that extra pair of arms from.




Doesn't work like that. They're not going to ship you a hard drive made from weapons grade uranium (mostly U-235). That's if that would even work; the article specifically says U-238.
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Exactly. Theres lots of videos on youtube of soldiers that were exposed to the depleted uranium rounds, come back to the states, had kids with severe birth defects. Theyre trying to attribute it to depeleted uranium exposure.

Just because its depleted 99.99% doesnt mean its not harmful or still radioactive.

Ill pass on uranium drives, thanks.
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If the US Navy switched from Depleted Uranium to Tungsten based ammunition due to potential health hazards I am not entirely convinced that long time exposure to 99.999% non-radioactive Uranium is the way to go.
DU health hazards have nothing to do with radiation.

Uranium is poisonous. When you shoot a 15 pound rod of it through a piece of armor most of it vaporizes. Aerosolized dust is hard to avoid, and has a huge surface area, maximizing exposure.

Radiation is a complete non-issue.

I could make my clothes and silverware out of DU and use them every day for 50 years and probably be fine.

I still wouldn't want to inhale uranium dust.
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The fact that I just finished my chemistry unit in science class, makes all of this make so much sense to me. Amazingness
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Delicious uranium, I have plans for you.
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Doesn't work like that. They're not going to ship you a hard drive made from weapons grade uranium (mostly U-235). That's if that would even work; the article specifically says U-238.
That would be funny. The whole world would have WMDs. After that though, it wouldn't be very funny...

Edit: for those of you who are concerned about radiation, don't worry. It's too weak. Plus, we're exposed to radiation every single day. I don't think one hard drive could the capable of having its own nuclear meltdown. Basically, your hard drive will not become the current state the Fukushima power plant is in. Rest assured you will not get cancer...unless this doesn't cause it.
Edited by HybridCore - 5/4/11 at 5:32pm
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That would be funny. The whole world would have WMDs. After that though, it wouldn't be very funny...

Edit: for those of you who are concerned about radiation, don't worry. It's too weak. Plus, we're exposed to radiation every single day. I don't think one hard drive could the capable of having its own nuclear meltdown. Basically, your hard drive will not become the current state the Fukushima power plant is in. Rest assured you will not get cancer...unless this doesn't cause it.
Just because you have weapons grade uranium doesn't mean you have a WMD. I hate these threads involving radiation, no one has any idea how any of this stuff works >.<
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