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1/19/10 6:43 P

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Oh yes I am doing great... and that is awesome!! I love the number 42...

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1/18/10 8:12 A

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QTLIONESS mentions: "hey your quote thingy is from "the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" isn't it??

if 42 is the answer, what is the question?"
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You are quite correct QTL. And to find the Ultimate Question, we'll have to resort to the Ultimate Q & A site in the Universe ... Wikipedia!! And it says ...
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1/17/10 10:18 P

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hey your quote thingy is from "the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" isn't it??

if 42 is the answer, what is the question?

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1/17/10 10:34 A

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Interesting thread! Yeah, nuclear physics is a bit complicated, and I once thought the Uncertainty Principle was about ME! Oh well. I wasn't cut out to be a genius. :-(

However, I think the "ultimate answer" to nuclear power and the energy "crisis" will be the fusion reactor. Fusion is a great solution in that there is much less nuclear waste than the present "fission - type" reactor. Alas, though, the "gotcha" on the fusion thingy is that the fusion reaction is so hot and pressure so high that no one can figure out how to contain (control?) it. Hmm. I think they (US, Russia, Japan, Europe) are working on the containment issue by incorporating magnetic fields and/or lasers. Notice that China isn't mentioned. China will let the WEST develop the technology and then steal it. Heh! But I ramble ...

Anyway, a pretty good basic link to "fusion reactors" is ...

science.howstuffworks.com/fusion-rea
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And *DO NOT* buy stock in a "COLD Fusion" company!

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1/16/10 4:53 P

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I've always wondered why noone has done any research into finding a way to de-radioactivate the water that they use to cool the rods and housing or find another way of cooling that doesn't then leak radioactivity to the coolant. I'd love to do that sort of thing but sadly... My math skills were never enough for me to actually major in those types of sciences

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1/15/10 2:42 P

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The biggest drawback, to me, of using nuclear energy, is what do you do with the 'spent' fuel? Lot's of ideas get bandied about, such as burying it in mountains or really deep pits, etc.

The problem is the half-life of many of these elements runs into the thousands of years. Nothing that we can build a container out of will last that long. Steel drums are good, maybe, for 100-200 years, tops. Stainless steel maybe a bit longer. After that and when they begin to leak, all that radiation will soak down into the water tables of the world and eventually it will be right back up on the earth's surface.

Other fantasies abound, too. Like loading it onto a space ship and blasting it off to the sun. It would never make the trip, instead it would burn up before it ever reached the sun and be absorbed by the sun, a huge hydrogen bomb, itself. Sounds plausible, but what happens if there is an accident after lift off, or an explosion on the launching pad? Not a pretty thought. Another idea (Mine) would be to use the holes created back in the 1950's when they were doing underground atomic bomb testing. This created huge glass-lined bottles (from the melted rock) with walls many feet thick. These holes are already radio-active, so pumping them full of spent nuclear fuel would not pose any more of a hazard than already exists. There would be no leakage. It should even be safe in case of earthquakes and other ground movement. For many thousands (millions?) of years. There is another possible solution.

The reprocessing of the spent fuel rods and warheads, etc. into another form of nuclear energy. This is probably what the scientist is talking about. As he says, it is very complicated, and far from being a done deal. It could take 20 years, again, to work it all out. The end result would be an unlimited supply of safe, clean energy. I could support that idea. Now if it can also be made such that it can't be used to make weapons, so much the better.

But as the man says we need to improve the efficiency of the present fossil energy sources and create renewable sources of energy until such time as this system can take over. We MUST be proactive, and plan for the future. We must not listen to the petroleum and coal industries when they tell us that there is PLENTY of fuel for our needs. The rate of consumption of these natural sources is accelerating rapidly, especially now, with China and India ramping up their industries and demand for cheap energy. Once they reach their capacity there will not be enough energy for everyone. America needs to begin training the scientists we will need in the next few decades in order for us to continue being the driving force in new technology. We have to either lead, follow or get the heck out of the way.

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1/11/10 7:02 P

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that is pretty darn cool... I've always figured we should do more about nuclear power. and of all the types of power... it creates the least amount of pollution

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