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Originally Posted by Biscuits_N_Gravy View Post
Just think of a 20 car pile up on a highway in L.A....
If 8g is enough to power a car for the entirety of it's life, then simply place 0.5g in the tank and have people fill up once a year. That alone would immensely decrease the danger.

Furthermore, it is exceeding easy to protect very small, light weight materials, even from high speed car crashes. Take black boxes in airplanes. There are entire recording devices in there that are much larger, and weigh much more than the thorium we'd be dealing with, yet they withstand crashes take place at several hundred miles per hour. Freaking plane crashes for God's sake.

Place the 0.5g of thorium in a 3 inch thick titanium sphere, and it'll be more well protected than a black box on an airplane--and cheaper too.

I'm not worried about it being dangerous. However, I'm skeptical about the technology because you'd think we'd have heard about this being integrated into power plant technology a while ago. The fact that we haven't heard about the tech functioning on a smaller scale makes me dubious.
Edited by Porthios - 8/13/11 at 11:22am
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They'll devise some sort of holding tank for the Thorium, they wouldn't just let it sit in a conventional fuel tank.
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Smaller is easier to make? really?

How many people assemble their own desktop computer?
How many people assemble their own laptops/notebooks?
Which is cheaper: desktop PC or laptop/notebook?
Which has greater performance: desktop PC or laptop/notebook?

Mobile thorium reactors are almost guaranteed to be inferior to stationary thorium reactors, in every way, except of course, in terms of mobility.
Making a power plant is very different from assembling a computer. There are a lot of engineering considerations that one needs to make when designing a power plant that one does not need to make when designing an electric generator. So yes, smaller scale is easier than large scale. Why do you think every invention goes through a prototype/pre-industrialization phase first rather than full-scale deployment?

edit--Don't be confusing small-scale with miniaturization. Making a small-scale power plant is different than miniaturizing a design. This isn't synonymous to desktops and laptops. It's like building a simple logic gate circuit vs. building a complicated integrated circuit like a CPU (former would be small-scale, latter would be large scale like a full-blown power plant)--it's much easier to build a simple circuit vs. an IC in terms of design. It's nothing at all like the difference between building a laptop and a desktop, and the fact that more people buy a computer vs. build their own has nothing to do with how complicated it is to DESIGN a computer system. That's an assembly/construction thing, not a design thing. It's way easier to design an electrical generator that sits in your car than an electric power plant that delivers power to millions of people.

And to answer your irrelevant and rhetorical questions, there are plenty of cheaper laptops than desktops, and plenty of higher-performing laptops than desktops.
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Once the oil runs out, they'll be looking for a new resource to make money.
Not only will they allow it, they'll encourage it.
Only after they buy it all up and re establish a monopoly over the fuel industry.
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There's nothing the oil companies could do about it.

Besides, I have my doubts, a month or so ago someone posted that cold fusion had been proven, and that it would solve all our problems.

And since then there have been no new developments.

Twenty bucks says that in two weeks all of you will have forgotten about this and in one month you would have found something similar to praise.
    
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Very hopeful we will see this soon. Sounds almost too good to be true.
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8g of thorium, about $8. What do they have to do to the thorium to make it useable as a fuel though? Can't be cheap.
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Thorium is radioactive. An alpha emitter. Which is a short range type of radiation, but is very deadly when particles of alpha-radioactive matter are inhaled or ingested. For instance, as would happen if there were a car crash and 8g of Thorium were pulverized and released into the air.


Yeah, next.
By the time this gets released cars will probably be driving themselves.
    
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By the time this gets released cars will probably be driving themselves.
They already are.

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I'm sure someone already addressed this, but I don't see the danger, considering we're constantly sitting in a 2 ton firebomb with today's gasoline cars. Which way do you want to die? I don't see this as being any worse.
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