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Why Thorium?  - 
 
Shared by Mark Massie
"POTENTIAL OF THORIUM MOLTEN SALT REACTORS :
DETAILED CALCULATIONS AND CONCEPT EVOLUTION
WITH A VIEW TO LARGE SCALE ENERGY PRODUCTION"
23 pages
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5c5v344olkuqtx0/NuttinProgNuclEnergy2005.pdf
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Two pioneers of Radiation Hormesis die in their 90s.  Obituaries tell an amazing story about traditional and modern healing and cancer prevention by low dose radiation.  Dr T Don Luckey and Dr. Myron Pollycove both worked on Hormesis and radiation.  Pollycove saved a number of people from dying of cancer in military funded trials.


The amazing story is here ...


Use the menu to look for the scientists.


http://radiation-hormesis.com


Great stories!
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Todd De Ryck
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Shared by Energy from Thorium (good tips about which videos to share) http://energyfromthorium.com/2014/04/07/can-we-all-just-get-along-oberlin-college-experience/
If you want to have students listen to you, you have to listen to them first, and keep an open mind. Tone means everything when trying to persuade someone
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Todd De Ryck
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Please comment on America's energy future!
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Thank you very much +Todd De Ryck :-)
I Selected the top & how it was correct Selection.
It was "Draft Fiscal Years 2014-2018 Strategic Plan".
Thank you & I hope you have a good day :-)
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Ian Soutar

Why Thorium?  - 
 
Lots of Science papers on Radiation Hormesis or the biological benefits of low dose nuclear radiation on human health. In the site you will see the thorium-uranium silicate crystal silver ring used for acupuncture stimulation. There is another thorium application.

http://radiation-Hormesis.com

We also make radioactive jewelry to boost immunity to cancer and infectious disease as a public service.

http://radiant-beads.com

Personally I use a mildly radioactive radon enriched bathwater for arthritis ... A Eurasian classic treatment still used worldwide but not much used in NA. It has turned around my arthritis and now I am dancing to rock music every weekend.

I also wear radioactive jewelry for immune health.

The best radioactive source for the home is depression glass dishes which have 2% uranium. This glass is unregulated worldwide by agreement and has been popular since 1850.
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I am the tea steeping in radioactivity!
21 top nuclear scientists worldwide wrote a website to dispel the superstition.
http://radiationeffects.org

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Todd De Ryck
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Thorium and uranium represent the heaviest naturally occurring elements on Earth. Both were named after ancient gods: Uranus was the principal Greek god of the sky while Thor was the Norse (and broadly Germanic) god of a thunder.There's a modern mythology surrounding thorium and uranium too, such as the currently very popu
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Amen Richard
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I have started a blog on the concerns and potential for molten salt reactors! My fav project is David LeBlanc's Terrestrial Energy Inc.

http://www.terrestrialenergyinc.com/ 

"...LeBlanc’s reactor is known as a “burner” or a “converter”, not a “breeder.”..."
A simple and “SMAHTR” way to build a molten salt reactor, from Canada
April 12th, 2013
Posted by Mark Halper
http://www.the-weinberg-foundation.org/2013/04/12/a-simple-and-smahtr-way-to-build-a-molten-salt-reactor-from-canada/
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It's great to hear you're looking to go into this industry Vincent. As I am sure you are aware, it may be a slow start but there is so much potential. I am sure we will be seeing molten salt reactors within our lifetimes.

I actually sent an email to David via his website http://terrestrialenergyinc.com/contact/contact_info/index.php 

He replied to me too. You should send him an email.

I like David because he is Canadian haha.. 
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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.

Todd De Ryck
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The problems of the world by 2050 are many, and the problems caused by producing or not producing energy are many. What is a comprehensive solution?
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Todd De Ryck
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In the News  - 
 
"Advanced Fuel Candu Reactor. It’s being designed — with the help of three Chinese firms — to use not only spent fuel from light water reactors, but thorium"
http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/04/08/candu_energy_seeks_to_be_nuclear_blue_box.html
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Todd De Ryck
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Reactors  - 
This article is pertinent to how many experts envision a LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) producing electricity without the use of water.
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Brandon Sergent
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+Energy from Thorium Foundation I don't appreciate having my discussions arbitrarily ended/locked.

Reopen: https://plus.google.com/u/0/114220690411346066608/posts/gCk5GE1nSYa and let him have a chance to respond.

+Invaderzerg My apologies. I didn't expect censorship from that direction.
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"Education, education, and more education is needed to break the cycle of fear. Perpetuating conspiracy theories and blaming the non-development of thorium on big corporations, big banks, and other big energy companies needs to stop for any serious grassroots education efforts. Thorium advocates also need to raise their profile by going to mainstream websites and commenting intelligently and posting links to where the public can go to find more information."
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Filippo Salustri

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Came across this thesis today:
Modeling and analysis of a depressurized loss of forced cooling event in a thorium fueled high temperature reactor
by Chris Graafland, TU Delft
It's just a Bachelor's thesis, but it looks interesting re thorium reactor research.
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"An interesting detail: "China's thorium reactor development includes a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy."
Maybe China will forge the way forward. Their system allows far more flexibility than ours."

- My Dad Ben Tremblay's comment when I shared this article on Facebook
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Misconceptions  - 
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Hey! Author of that page here. Glad to see it making the rounds. I appreciate your comments, Ed, and have made some changes to the page to address them.

1. I further clarified that the U235 is just needed for the startup in breeders of any fuel cycle.

2. For proliferation, I clarified that it's theoretically possible for the owner of a TMSR to install a Pa233 separation cell to get some pure u233 while maintaining criticality with LEU. I downplay the whole scenario by calling almost all electricity plant -to-weapons scenarios in all reactors mythical but point out that the TMSRs need to have baseline safeguards to satisfy the public fear just like every other nuclear power plants.

3. Seawater extraction of U was quoted at $250/kg last I saw out of the Japanese literature. Not too far off!

Just to clarify for everyone here, I'm a huge thorium/MSR proponent and a tireless nuclear advocate. I'm also a reactor design engineer and don't want to set up my future brethren against impossible expectations. Impossible expectations deflate budgets, and no one wants to see that happen again. Cheers all!
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