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Vibranium and Uranium

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Norris McDonald

Vibranium is a fictitious metal that appeared on Earth via a meteorite strike about 10,000 years ago.  The meteor crashed into the fictitious African nation of Wakanda. Vibranium is featured in the blockbuster movies Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars.  Vibranium can absorb kinetic energy.  Vibranium was used to make the Black Panther suit.  Captain America’s shield was also made out of an alloy of Vibranium and iron.  Vibranium and Vibranium alloys were used to make Wakanda into a secret superpower.  The metal powered everything from hover craft to jets to trains to shooting weapons. 

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Uranium is a real metal with seemingly magical powers.  Uranium is used to produce emission free electricity.  Nuclear power plants use uranium to produce 20% of America’s electricity.  Interestingly, it is the kinetic energy of the fission products in nuclear fission of uranium that produces most of the heat that is used to heat water to make steam to turn turbines to produce electricity.   Uranium can also be used to make weapons.

Uranium is as important in the real world as Vibranium is in the Marvel comics and movie worlds.  Uranium produced electricity does not emit any smog forming gases or greenhouse gases.  In a world threatened by global warming and climate change as the most important environmental issues facing humanity, uranium-produced electricity is an invaluable asset.  Uranium is our Vibranium.  And uranium is real.

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