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Old September 10 2012, 06:03 PM   #16
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Re: Safer Nuclear Technology

Yep, all the speed in the world won't save you if your trajectories intersect.
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Old September 11 2012, 04:11 AM   #17
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Why would we even consider the expense of putting nuclear waste into low orbit, much less into the sun, when we could just dump it in New Jersey or East LA?
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Old September 13 2012, 05:49 AM   #18
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Personally, I think they ought to dump nuclear waste into lava pools. The material should get very well dispersed so as to significantly lower the radioactive intensity. There's plenty of active volcanos around, too. The only thing is, if you dump in the waste and there's an eruption shortly thereafter, it probably won't be good...


All kidding aside, the technology has come a long way and is really quite safe. The melt downs that have happened are very explainable. The recent one in Japan was obvious, as the generators should have been located further up the hill. They were supposed to relocate it, but the hesitation to make the expense caused them to delay... and look what happened. In my mind, it's a suitable source of energy to get us off of burning coal and oil, at least until passive energy systems (solar, wind, thermal, hydro) make better headway.
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Old September 13 2012, 07:30 AM   #19
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I think they should just feed the radioactive waste to all those Vulcan refugees that our governments have been secretly accepting after trimming their ears. And then we should send them all back home. Earth for the earthlings.
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Old September 15 2012, 07:44 PM   #20
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Personally, I think they ought to dump nuclear waste into lava pools.
No--that's no good either--it just keeps being vomited up. You really want it in a subduction zone, right where one plante dives down into another. Dig a trench just in front of a subsea cliff. The next big quake and the plate moves under that cliff--that or wait some number of years for gradual subduction. Seeing how difficult Deepwater Horizon operations were at depth--putting it on the moon is actually easier.
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