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Todd De Ryck
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"Synthesizing Jet Fuel from Sea Water" http://disinfo.com/2015/07/synthesizing-jet-fuel-sea-water/
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It sounds like "what if palooza"

https://www.parc.com/newsroom/news.html
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Todd De Ryck
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What follows on this blog over the next few weeks will be a series of five important essays on sustainable energy, by David Jones (who also blogs as NNadir on Daily Kos, bio here). A previous artic...
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Todd De Ryck
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While the United States is working to get four new nuclear units up-and-running in Georgia and South Carolina, it is also partnering with China and Canada to operate some highly advanced next-generation nuclear plants.
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The article fixates on thorium rather than the real safety aspect, the molten salt reactor concept itself. Thorium brings no particular magic to the table WRT safety.
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state of Maine USA seems to be on board (read specifically "summary") http://openmepolitics.com/ld-1116/
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I agree. 
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Great article about our very own John Kutsch! :) http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i27/Trying-Unleash-Power-Thorium.html
“A company hired us to study a large number of materials from all across the periodic table,” to look for possible investment opportunities, relates Kutsch, president of Whole World, a Chicago-area product engineering and design consultancy. Thorium was on the list.
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"...molten salt reactors can use thorium as a liquid fluoride salt, which offers pressure and heat management advantages over today’s solid-fuel (sic) comercial reactors."

Firstly, I'm pretty sure I've found typos in everything I've ever read over 100 words hehe.

Secondly, the understatement of the century award goes to... :P

Heh, "pressure and heat management advantages" indeed.

"Arjun Makhijani, a nuclear physicist and president of the Institute for Energy & Environmental Research, a Maryland-based science and environmental organization, counters a number of claims made by thorium supporters. For example, Makhijani contends that radioactive fluoride waste from thorium reactors will require expensive processing that involves risk of contamination and pollution."

Risk of contamination and pollution. O.o

What could that possibly even mean?

"With this in mind, companies have adopted various design strategies."

Yeah. Like wait for china to carry the rest of the planet into the 21st century kicking and screaming.

Because in America, any hint of a technology advance will be patent locked into uselessness and we'll end up like 12 greedy companies refusing to mix and match parts.

Meanwhile china will begin the slow march towards energy independence and zero emissions.

/giggles

At least humanity will get there in the end :)
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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.

Someone commented:

"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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Outside Discussions  - 
 
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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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.

Ian Prado

Urgency  - 
 
Someone posted Gordon's patreon video on /r/futurology and it has 2000 upvotes! If you have a reddit account, helping defend the MSR/thorium narrative would be awesome :) (I labeled this message as urgent because idk how long this post will stay at the top)

https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/3etvht/this_man_has_been_working_on_making_content/
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Commented upvoted and scrolled through the comments upping and downing as needed.

+Gordon McDowell You debate rather well by the way.
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"My hope is that a miracle will happen in Paris, my fear is that people will be people, and so you need a technical miracle."

I like that.

I've been saying forever that technology is the only real driver for change in the context of human action. The rest is response.

Funny that he's all like "omg a billion dollars." For an mba he's pretty giddy about what a billion actually is relatively speaking.

He clearly has no idea how much spending power is locked up in 1% bank accounts. If even one of the obscenely rich really cared...

/smh

/rant
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Todd De Ryck
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Misconceptions  - 
Radioactivity stirs primal fears in many people, but Geoff Watts argues that an undue sense of its risks can cause real harm.
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The article would have been better had he discussed hormesis; the concept of low levels being beneficial.  After all he started the story in a mine spa which presumably aims to be healthy experience.  Hormesis suggests the scientific basis for such claims.
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Ian Prado

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I found this treasure while arguing an anti nuke.

http://www.doewatch.com/msre/

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If this happened, why no lawsuit?
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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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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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