Uranium's main use as you probably know already is
nuclear power. Uranium does have other uses though. It is used as a target for X-ray production, as ammunition for some types
of military weaponry, as a shield against radiation, as a counterweight for aircraft control surfaces and in the gyroscopes
of inertial guidance systems.
Uranium compounds have been used for centuries to
color glass. A 2,000 year old sample of yellow glass found near Naples, Italy contains uranium oxide. Uranium trioxide (UO3)
is an orange powder and has been used in the manufacture of Fiestaware plates. Other uranium compounds have also been used
to make vaseline glass and glazes.
Uranium also has a very notorious use which is in the making of atomic bombs. Below
is a picture of a mushroom cloud formed by an atomic bomb.