Monday, March 29, 2010
The use of Uranium in pottery glazes is central to a major plot twist in The Cenacle Scroll. The first example of such usage dates back to 79A.D., to a sample of green/yellow mosaic glass taken from a Roman villa near Naples, though that fact is in dispute. I managed to exploit that little-known factoid into a cause of considerable consternation for my protagonist and to the God-fearing public at large.
Uranium or "Vaseline" glass) since the mid-19th-century, reaching its peak popularity from the 1880s to the 1920s. The uranium content varies from around 2% to upwards of 25% for some mid-19th-century pieces. And you were worried about standing too close to the microwave oven!
The short video clip below demonstrates how "hot" a single piece of red/orange Fiestaware can be:
If you're interested in seeing how a smattering of science can be twisted into an entertaining societal farce, please be sure to check out The Cenacle Scroll, available at Amazon as a Kindle e-book.