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.