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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 04:16 PM   #11
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With some reservations (because some idiot will try to open this thing with a blue wrench or try to turn it into a bomb...) this is fairly attractive.

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The advantage is that the fuel is in the form of Uranium Carbide - which even if stolen, would be very, very hard to "grind up" in order to enrich it enough for even a dirty bomb. It is one of the most difficult materials known to machine, even with the best diamond based cutters; and has a very high melting temperature, which would make it very difficult to melt down into some kind of machinable form.

Of course, the problem facing Uranium Carbide fuels is the very problem of disposal or reprocessing, which would tax current state of the art technologies; but disposal is the problem that all state of the art reactor designs are facing.
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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #12
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There are also good technologies for firing projectiles loaded with nuclear waste into space (e.g. rail guns and light gas guns).
Yeah right! And blow the whole flippin' moon out of orbit?
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Hey, there's one from out of the memory banks! Love that retro-futuro font. Very 70s... in a good way! Loved them insectile Eagle landers they had. Gotta get me one of those some day.
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A big problem is terrorism. They would most likely have some fairly intense air protection around those bad boys.

Many speculate the reason that one of the 9/11 flights went down in Pennsylvania was because it shot down since the army thought it was heading towards the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. That would have taken out the entire eastern seaboard including southern ontario and the clouds would have taken out of the rest of us in due time...
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A big problem is terrorism. They would most likely have some fairly intense air protection around those bad boys.

Many speculate the reason that one of the 9/11 flights went down in Pennsylvania was because it shot down since the army thought it was heading towards the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. That would have taken out the entire eastern seaboard including southern ontario and the clouds would have taken out of the rest of us in due time...
Smacking a plane into a reactor building wouldn't cause a nuclear explosion.
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Tangentially related to this, I was at a meeting at the City today discussing some city-related issues surrounding geothermal.

Interesting stuff... I do hope we see more of it.
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I would like to see utiities offering geothermal systems on a predictable interest loan over the long term, and paying them back on the utiity bill.
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Smacking a plane into a reactor building wouldn't cause a nuclear explosion.
That's just what they want you to believe. The masses remain hoodwinked... conditions are ripe for their plan.
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I would like to see utiities offering geothermal systems on a predictable interest loan over the long term, and paying them back on the utiity bill.
Let's all stick an A-coil in the sewer system in front of our houses.

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