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Old 11-10-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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If this ever became possible can you imagine how much a station would have to charge to stay in business.

Driver "Hey Mack filler up"...

Attendant "Sir all filled up"

Driver "how much is it"...

Attendant "$200,000.01 but keep the penny"

Driver "great..helluva of deal...thanks"

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Old 11-10-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: DC
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Let me see if I understand, the writer is proposing a nuclear reactor powered car? How dumb is that?
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:20 PM
 
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If they can build satellites with nuclear reactors why not vehicles?

Assuming one can afford the $19,000,000.00 price tag of course...
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Let me know when they have the convertible submarine model available. Now that would be totally worth it!
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:00 PM
 
Location: DC
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If they can build satellites with nuclear reactors why not vehicles?

Assuming one can afford the $19,000,000.00 price tag of course...
Satellites don't get into wrecks with minivans. In addition you'll need a license from the NRC. Think these things through a little. This makes less than no sense.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:07 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Thorium is very safe. It's nothing like uranium.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Airstrip 1, Oceania
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They seem to have forgotton about the umpteen tons of shielding needed to avoid being irradiated with neutrons. Press 'start' and die.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: DC
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Thorium is very safe. It's nothing like uranium.
Wow, now there is a naive statement. Thorium 232 is about as safe as Uranium 238, but a thorium reactor has all the radiation dangers of a uranium reactor. In a thorium reactor it's actually uranium 233 that provides the bulk of the fissionable material.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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They seem to have forgotton about the umpteen tons of shielding needed to avoid being irradiated with neutrons. Press 'start' and die.
It's not just neutrons, the gamma will kill you a lot faster.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Here
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Just steal it from the Libyans. They have plenty.



Oh wait, that's plutonium.
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