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Brandon “Innomen” Sergent
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Look at +John Kutsch all photo bombing :P :)

But seriously, I don't understand hardly any of this but I really liked the part where he said you could suddenly do the job with an accelerator 6 feet long. Ignorant or not that sounds awesome.

The patenting comments bother me. I deeply hate patents. The whole concept to me is built on a profit motive misconception. If feels to me like all a patent will do is slow the work down from here on out as now whoever wants to work out it has to be a lawyer as well as a nuclear genius.

I love how he's like "I'll not explain strong focusing here because it's complicated." bwhahaah Really? So the rest of that talk was simple? It is completely amazing how deeply a human brain can specialize.

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"The beauty of this is that the thorium reactors are meant to be stoked with u233 (or 232? I forget), sort of like kindling, and then the fission process would maintain that core of material by sucking in more thorium (like a wick pulling in lamp oil as the oil in it burns). With this process, you could cold-start the reaction, if necessary, and without having to find a source of Uranium or plutonium--which are currently a huge hassle. It'd be a great way to tie a bow on the claim that thorium reactors are safe (one of their benefits being, you can manufacture a small amount of the heavier isotopes you need, and use them within the reactor, making it unnecessary to refine them off site and transport them)."

That was my impression too. I pictured him basically saying he could make a 6 foot long thorium reaction ignition device, u233 need not apply. That made me really happy because it means that u233 stock pile we were going to destroy is not such a huge tragedy, merely a huge waste.
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+John Kutsch No the real advantage is people like you existing to tell people like me what the hell is going on. Thanks for that and please continue.
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Taylor Wilson is hardly news to the general public, but this is the first I have really read about him besides a couple  old news blurbs about building a fusion reactor at his parents house as a teen. Apparently he has strong ties to my alma mater(University of Nevada, Reno) and has gone from idealizing fusion power to working on MSR designs. Does anyone have any idea what he is really up to these days? All the press about him is vague mainstream articles.
He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21. What scares Taylor Wilson? Asking a girl for her number ...
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+Todd De Ryck Yeah. I've been getting the all fluff no substance vibe from the press coverage as well. Obviously he is a bright kid who has done well for himself, but it seems silly to take all this prodigy press coverage at face value.
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Todd De Ryck
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International Thorium Energy Conference  Mumbai India Monday October 12 to Thursday October 15, 2015 - schedule  http://www.thoriumenergyconference.org/program_schedule
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<> KNOW NUKES NOW <> THORIUM ROCKS <> LFTR <>
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Todd De Ryck
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I have read an earlier version of this & while possibly the best  GIF 4 it is not as developed . This also  would work with the U 238-Pu cycle in a chloride salt or the Th-U 233 cycle. Other reactor types I like are Moltex SSR  & the  IFK Berlin DFR
 http://dual-fluid-reactor.org/video     DFR
http://www.moltexenergy.com/thessr/   SSR
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Todd De Ryck
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Thanks for sharing!
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Faced with the task of decarbonising our electricity supply, it would be foolish to rule nuclear power out of the mix, writes Baroness Worthington, in her reply to Dr Becky Martin, whose open letter was published in The Ecologist.
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Todd De Ryck
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Not necessarily directly relevant here, but sheesh! This China nuclear IPO was seeking $2billion, got $273 billion! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-03/china-s-hot-ipo-market-lures-273-billion-to-2-billion-offering
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China will clearly be the next major nation on earth to really run with nuclear power, and that is so awesome for humanity given how gargantuan that place is.
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Most remarkable quote reported by ​Alvin Martin Weinberg during his tenure at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
 
"Alvin, if you are concerned about the safety of reactors, then I think it might be time for you to leave nuclear energy." - Congressman Chester E. Holifield (Joint Committee on Atomic Energy)
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Achal H P

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In the thorium MSR, Does the blanket thorium yields enough Th233/U233 to sustain the reaction? Theoretically it is possible, but practically has anyone done any experiments on this? Thanks!
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while this was a solid fuel PWR & would need too much effort to separate the fuel , they did breed fuel in a non optimal core design.  
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Thorium Now is a group of individuals and organizations convinced that the key to humanity's immediate and long term energy future is the proper exploitation of the Thorium atom.

Brandon “Innomen” Sergent
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+Todd De Ryck Heh. Reminds me of Helen :)
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+Todd De Ryck That link (like so many of your other ones) is just 90 flavors of awesome.
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Ian Prado

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Support Gordon McDowell for Thorium Remix 2015!
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Todd De Ryck
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KNOW NUKES NOW <> E=MC2 WILL REPAIR THE AIR <>
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Todd De Ryck
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In theory, nuclear power could be a lot safer and cheaper. But it will require a big influx of cash.
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Looking into exactly how thorium was better exposed me to how nuclear actually is and how badly I'd been freaking mind hacked by the anti-nuclear crowd.

I am super angry at jane fonda on down for demonizing a technology that is literally the safest form of power on earth and would have prevented countless wars and ecological catastrophes had it not be sabotaged by total fabrications.

Citation about fonda: http://freakonomics.com/2008/08/20/did-jane-fonda-ruin-nuclear-power-a-guest-post/
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Todd De Ryck
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Comprehensive North American listing of new nuclear http://www.thirdway.org/report/the-advanced-nuclear-industry
A new generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and investors are working to commercialize innovative and advanced nuclear reactors.
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Todd De Ryck
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John Kutsch answers the question after TEAC7 "What can I do to help?" https://plus.google.com/114603092098537280397/posts/VmA1h9eigrL
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Todd De Ryck
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OECD Nuclear Energy Agency - report "Introduction of Thorium in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle - Short to long term considerations" 130+ pages https://www.oecd-nea.org/science/pubs/2015/7224-thorium.pdf
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Todd De Ryck
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About a month ago I got an e-mail from Bill McKibben telling me that he would be in my town to do a presentation on June 5th. He wanted to know if he could meet with me and just sit down over a bee...
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There isn't any fundamental agreement to build upon. It clearly shows that being green is mostly an emotional, i.e. feeling, attitude. That's probably the reason why I have big issues with them. Greens aren't fact based. Reality is perception. 
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Willie Zenk

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A handy calculator that estimates the cost of electricity for LWR's based on maintenance, fuel costs, capacity factor, enrichment, etc. I imagine this could be adapted for MSR's.
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That is awesome. Like a kind of realistic nerdier version of nationstates. (Which was a web game where you'd feed in government policy and it would tell you things about your nation in a sort of play as a country rpg context. Totally badass game and I wish there were more of them.)
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Todd De Ryck
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If you're so inclined, help get this opera singer to the Thorium Energy Alliance conference starting June 3, wants to make a movie, he's singing the right notes! (Ah, like I'd know :) ) http://www.gofundme.com/helpericmeyer
Opera singer/ Documentary Filmmaker/ Environmentalist....? When people asked me what I was going to be when I grew up, I never would have guessed... but here I am. In the last 6 months I've graduated with a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership, won second prize in a graduate level singi...
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