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ICYMI: Great video that's easy to share explaining the benefits of Nuclear (and Thorium reactors). 
New video explaining why Thorium Nuclear Energy is AWESOME! Click to watch.
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Great teaser to get people interested in the potential of nuclear energy.
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Willie Zenk

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This is not thorium related, but I ran across a very interesting article describing the U235 powered 30 kW RTG that is currently orbiting earth - the SNAP 10/A. The reactor, cooled by NaK alloy, was launched into space in 1965. After 43 days of operation, a voltage regulator failed, causing a shut down of the core. It was then put into a 1300 km orbit where it should stay for the next 4000 years. A modified version of the SNAP-10/A underwent "rapid disassembly" in the open air of the Idaho desert during a planned destructive test. "The disassembly of the reactor resulted from the rapid stepwise addition of essentially all the available excess reactivity." The disassembly took about 2 msec. That test report can be read here: https://www.osti.gov/opennet/servlets/purl/16369543-AHl1OP/16369543.pdf
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"n November 1979 the vehicle began shedding, eventually losing 50 pieces of traceable debris. The reasons were unknown, but the cause could have been a collision. Although the main body remains in place, radioactive material may have been released"

Well obviously we should all go live in bomb shelters now since it's going to rain radioactivity on us from the sky at any moment. >.>

/frustrated with radiophobia

But seriously, awesome article, I did not know about this. Thanks for sharing :)
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Brandon “Innomen” Sergent
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It would be great if some people from here would read and comment.
Thorium energy. It is obviously better than uranium based energy, but is it really as good and safe as people say?
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In LFTR the right concentration of U233 in the reactor has to be maintained. To achieve this in line processing of molten salt needs to be done.
Who(University/research institute/private r&d labs) is researching on the high temperature in line precessing of the molten salt?
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+Achal H P You'll find that the more time you spend talking and reading about nuclear the less common "common" sense actually is.

http://seekerblog.com/2014/08/26/the-more-you-know-about-nuclear-power-the-more-you-like-it/
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Todd De Ryck
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Thorium Energy Report by © Copyright 2015, International Thorium Energy Organisation, IThEO http://www.thoriumenergyreport.org/
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Todd De Ryck
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You can download a 12 page pdf file with more details http://www.barc.gov.in/reactor/ahwr.html
An Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) is designed in BARC to demonstrate commercial utilisation of thorium. Critical facility is a specially designed research reactor to experimentally verify the basic physics design parameters of AHWR and other advanced fuel cycle.
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Wouldn't it be neat if someone modelled these reactors and 3d printed them. They would make great engaging tools for high school education. 
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Brandon “Innomen” Sergent

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When linked in threw this at me I laughed out loud for real. Even now it makes me smile.

Does +Kim L Johnson know chemistry? My brain spiraled off in futile desperate search for an adequate metaphor.

Like "Does Batman know about Fighting?" or "Does Flipper know about Swimming?"

That was one of those times when clicking the button with a hammer seems to be the correct response.
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+Kim L Johnson Well you are clearly one of those people gifted with talent, inclination, and opportunity, who then doubled down on it with time investment and willpower.

Plus you're using that power for the good of the species instead of getting rich with it developing the next round of insubstantial but patentable changes to basic medication.

Carry on man.
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+Darren Finlay Ironically, the common reactor types were never intended to be built up to the MW scale. Submarines and aircraft carriers long ago proved how safe smaller reactors are.

Facts just don't matter when it comes to changing public policy.
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Some sad news from the New York Times: Germany is pumping out more CO2 than ever before. Anti-nuclear policies to blame. 

#Thorium   #ThoriumHub  
Germany is far behind emission-reduction forecasts, anti-nuclear policies largely to blame. In 2013 emissions grew by 20 MM tons annually. Read more>>>
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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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click on "Infographic on thorium" http://www.janleenkloosterman.nl/symposium.php
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Aaron King

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A great use of Thorium power to clean up waste and pollution!

http://energyfromthorium.com/2014/03/28/energy-from-thorium-taking-out-the-trash/
Commentary by Jon Morrow For those of us interested in the environment, a large, visible, and costly concern should be landfills and waste management. A modern society produces millions of tons of garbage and the age-old technology of burying trash is still with us in the year 2014. While we have made vast strides in recycling, a ...
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How easily can you ramp-up or down the power demand?  Say you had one with six plasma candles at the bottom, could you leave it running with one of them while grid-electricity is in high-demand, and then one by one turn the rest on at night when electricity is cheap and abundant?  
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Brandon “Innomen” Sergent
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Lasrick (2629253) writes "Bob Alvarez has a terrific article on the history and realities of thorium as an energy fuel: For 50 years the US has tried to develop thorium as an energy source for nuclear reactors, and that effort has mostly failed. Besides the extraordinary costs involved, In the proce...
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I think a big function of this place is to do what it did for me: Foster general support for nuclear.

Thorium promised improved nuclear... Close inspection revealed nuclear to be already the best of the actual options.
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  The other day, I published a post on
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+Todd De Ryck You already do WAY enough. :) I for one appreciate it. I wish I could get any kind of reaction out of even half of my gplus contacts.
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Brandon “Innomen” Sergent
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I hope they win. It's awful that a company successfully provided low cost safe long term electricity for a major nation and then gets slandered and fiscally gutted because of ignorance and irrational terror.

In a sane world willful stupidity should be costly. (Though I'm quick to add not lethal or torturous.)
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Todd De Ryck
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Anyone in Denver April 7? http://farnsworthdowns.com/blog/?p=51
Look for Siouxsie and me to appear at TEDxYouth@MileHigh this April 7th. The talk will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. Our talk is going to cover thorium energy as a viable option for our future energy needs, and we will also be unveiling a prototype we've been working on. We're…
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I saw that, but the company has no nuclear experts, no funding that they mention, and absolutely no technical concept info. on their website other than very small (tractor trailer size 1MWe max. size) MSR's.  I would certainly only go, if I were there already, until they show better cards.
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 "Education isn't about conveying facts, it's about volition engineering. That's why history text books are still full of known errors."
I will be leaving this group I will not be supporting this kind of attitude. 

I don't have to prove to you that I know who Edward Bernays is.

"In the real world that you've never visited, facts don't mean a damn thing to people."

That is a false statement, when you learn to respect people maybe you will learn that.

Many fine people in this group, but I can't say that about the owner. who insists that propaganda is equal to education. how pathetic.
good bye
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+Steve Paul I'm super glad the place has been helpful for you. These people certainly educate me regularly.

Which reminds me, I need to post a picture here.
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Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) January 20, 2015 -- The 7th Conference on Thorium Energy and Critical Metals on June 3rd & 4th to be held at Sheraton Conference Hotel Palo Alto, Ca, produced by Thorium Energy Alliance, a 501(c)3, will profile the current research, uses and policy matters for thorium as an energy source and the critical relationship between rare earth minerals and the element thorium. Rare earth elements are critically important in ...
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