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Old 07-01-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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If they could ever find a similar alternative to uranium that has a MUCH shorter half-life, then I may be convinced.
Have they been researching anything like this though?
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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Have they been researching anything like this though?
Yes, they have. I don't know too many details, but Thorium looks promising as an alternative.
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Yes, they have. I don't know too many details, but Thorium looks promising as an alternative.
What about a way to eliminate nuclear waste and shorten its half life?
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Have they been researching anything like this though?
See this post....Molten Salt Thorium Reactors are inherently safer>>>>>

Plus Thorium is far less radioactive than Uranium with far less dangerous nuclear waste after the fuel cycle is complete.

How Nuclear Reactors Work; And How They Can Fail.

Another interesting link from Scientific American>>>>>

The Future of Nuclear Power: In-Depth Reports
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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The Explosive Nuclear Question | Popular Science

Thorium reactors fit the bill and are feasible with current technology>>>>>

Thorium fuel cycle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Molten salt reactor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Two New Nuke Designs Promise Safe, Efficient, Emissions-Free Energy | Popular Science

Generation IV reactor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

One pound of Thorium provides the equivalent power of 300 pounds of Uranium OR 3.5 MILLION pounds of coal.

One current Nuclear Reactor provides the equivalent power of 1,200 windmills OR 20 square MILES of solar panels.

Molten Salt Reactor designs were developed more than 50 years ago at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Definitely going to educate myself on this
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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IF you mean a FISSION Reactor can cause a nuclear explosion...that too is IMPOSSIBLE....the fuel is not nearly enriched enough to attain critical mass!!!!!

And BREEDER Reactors make more nuclear fuel than they consume so your second assumption is also incorrect.
If I am not mistaken, a plutonium fueled fast breeder reator which suffers a core meltdown can have that molten plutonium reach critical mass for an explosion unless some means is taken to prevent it.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Default I was driving through the desert when I turned and noticed...

Hello PITTSTON2SARASOTA...

I was driving through the desert the other day, when I turned and saw this...(attachment below)...

I knew it was one of 3 things..

1. Jabba the Huts palace from Star Wars...

2. A giant Mosque in the SW desert...

3. A N-reactor...

If I'm wrong, and it is indeed Jabba the Huts palace...I apologize in advance...
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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If I am not mistaken, a plutonium fueled fast breeder reator which suffers a core meltdown can have that molten plutonium reach critical mass for an explosion unless some means is taken to prevent it.
If I am not mistaken the plutonium is not nearly enriched and pure enough to attain critical mass and in fact is many orders of magnitude away from that possibility.

Plutonium also MUST have an appropriate geometric shape (perfect sphere) to reach critical mass under extremely high compressive forces.

That's why nuclear fuel is useless for a (explosive) nuclear weapon and centrifuges(thousands) are necessary to bring either Uranium or Plutonium up to weapons grade quality.

Thorium cannot be used to cause a nuclear explosion even with enrichment.

Enriched uranium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Plutonium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Isotope separation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Hello PITTSTON2SARASOTA...

I was driving through the desert the other day, when I turned and saw this...(attachment below)...

I knew it was one of 3 things..

1. Jabba the Huts palace from Star Wars...

2. A giant Mosque in the SW desert...

3. A N-reactor...

If I'm wrong, and it is indeed Jabba the Huts palace...I apologize in advance...
Those indeed are a Nuclear Power Plant's...... 2 Nuclear Reactors containment domes.

Containment building - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Pockets of high radiation remind of Fukushima plant danger : Scientific American (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pockets-of-high-radiation-remind-of - broken link)
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