Bear Bibeault wrote:Does he get to eat the overages?
No. They generally sort the fragments into bins according to their weights, to the nearest thousandth of an ounce, and by expiration date, and try to use existing fragments as needed before crafting the custom ones. The expired chip bits are used to coat fried chicken for school lunches. Nothing is wasted.
Bear Bibeault wrote:So how many calories are in a microgram of depleted uranium?
My back-of-the-wikipedia calculation says that one microgram of natural uranium contains about 730 calories of nuclear energy. Depleted uranium is about 60% as radioactive, which translates to some 440 calories.
I'm not a nuclear physicist, though, so it is easily possible that I'm several orders of magnitude off the mark. And even if I'm right, I'm not sure whether consuming nuclear calories in fact adds to body fat. I doubt that the highest risk from consuming uranium ballast chips is a beer belly.