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Pocket Particle Accelerators Like This One Could Bring Safer Nuclear Power to Neighborhoods

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A wee particle accelerator in the English countryside could be a harbinger of a safer, cleaner future of energy. Specifically, nuclear energy, but not the type that has wrought havoc in Japan and controversy throughout Europe and the U.S. It would be based on thorium, a radioactive element that is much more abundant, and much more safe, than traditional sources of nuclear power...

...British scientists are already working on a successor called PAMELA, the Particle Accelerator for Medical Applications, which will be used to treat cancer.

 
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Pocket Particle Accelerator...


I understand it's many times smaller than other Accelerators, but dang, my pockets must be small...
 
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hmmm, cool. could be pretty awsome
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I understand it's many times smaller than other Accelerators, but dang, my pockets must be small...
compared to the large hadron collider at cern , it is pocket sized.
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Yep
 
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Oh my deity! Has thorium finally broken into the mainstream?!

Wonder what sort of thorium reactor that particle accelerator is using? A liquid fluoride thorium reactor?
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I understand it's many times smaller than other Accelerators, but dang, my pockets must be small...
Get bigger pockets...

Problem Solved.
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Get bigger pockets...

Problem Solved.
Use magnets to get bigger pockets faster...

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compared to the large hadron collider at cern , it is pocket sized.


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I understand it's many times smaller than other Accelerators...
Seems some people don't understand humor and can't read.
 
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Oh my deity! Has thorium finally broken into the mainstream?!

Wonder what sort of thorium reactor that particle accelerator is using? A liquid fluoride thorium reactor?
Thorium was allways mainstream, the only thing that made Uranium favorable are Nuclear Weapons, when where the 1st Reactors Bulild ? In the 1940 for the Manhatten Project. ONE of the main purpose for Nuklear power was building weapons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THTR-300

Germans tried it all.
Edited by erniv2 - 6/18/11 at 12:53pm
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