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Would that make race gas drop to $1.50 a gallon?
    
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Ahh so yo could help me figure out what I'll do as a bio/chem engineer? I'm currently in the start of it, going to aim to end my schooling with a 3.0-3.5GPA but have no idea where to go after that.

I didn't know it was the same company, that's why I was asking.
If you're a bio/chem engineer i would go work in industry in biotech or pharmaceuticals, with a b.eng. you will make 60-80k/year starting at one of those companies. they are always in demand as long as you're willing to move. you would be do work mostly related to scaling up reactions or making things profitable on a large scale, or designing mechanisms of delivery based on research and so on.

engineering degrees are nice in that of all the four year degrees they really offer the best jobs with the most competitive wages to start.
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Do damned want.

I do want anything that's not gas. I HATE gas.
   
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Absolute genius. It's safe, plentiful, and works like a charm. It's less toxic than Gasoline even.
Better start investing while you have a chance.
How plentiful and cheap is thorium??
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He is proposing the use of the rare earth mineral thorium in conjunction with a laser and mini turbines that easily produce enough electricity to power a vehicle.

Thorium is abundant and radioactive, but much safer to use than an element such as uranium. When thorium is heated it becomes extremely hot and causes heat surges allowing it to be coupled with mini turbines producing steam that can then be used to generate electricity. It also helps that it has a very large liquid range between melting and boiling point.
It's radioactive and a rare earth mineral, which cannot be mined anywhere but China. You think that it is "safe and plentiful?"
Edited by jadawgis732 - 8/12/11 at 3:59pm
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7500 gallons/gram :O
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How plentiful and cheap is thorium??


It's radioactive and a rare earth mineral, which cannot be mined anywhere but China. You think that it is "safe and plentiful?"
1. Radioactive =/= dangerous. Thorium emits alpha particles, aka a helium nucleus. You know what that will do to you? Absolutely nothing. Alpha radiation bounces right off your skin. It doesn't even penetrate through paper.

It's only relatively dangerous when it's bombarded with neutrons and transmuted into uranium (which is the whole idea behind the safety of thorium power, it's only fissile enough to do anything when we want it to be), which quickly undergoes fission, turning it back into the much less radioactive thorium 232.

2. "Rare" earth is just a name. It has absolutely no bearing on the actual rarity of the element. There's 4 times as much thorium as there is uranium in the earth's crust.

So yes, it is safe and plentiful.
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How plentiful and cheap is thorium??


It's radioactive and a rare earth mineral, which cannot be mined anywhere but China. You think that it is "safe and plentiful?"
Who said it can't be mined anywhere but China? Thorium IS safe and plentiful. It's an alpha-emitter, but the mean-free path of alpha particles in air is only a few centimeters, and alpha particles are easily blocked and absorbed by paper (or our skin) with no harmful effects. The only problem is exposure to bodily tissue via direct inhalation.

It's also widely available across the planet. Not all "rare earths" are available only in China. And to clarify, RE's are native all over the earth--to the US as well, it's just that all of the mines and refineries shut down 20 years ago when China produced so much and drove the price so far down there was no use in the US keeping its refineries open. After enough of the refineries shut down, China increased the price of RE's slowly and surely, to the absurd price we have today. The US is beginning to re-start a few refineries (and Canada too), but it takes a few years--I think the projection is scale-production by 2014.
    
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People said the same thing about Joule and their renewable fossil fuels. They're still around and have been growing immensely. Gaining both public support and financial funding.

http://www.jouleunlimited.com/
They also said the same thing about Tom Ogle, and he was soon after found dead in the desert.
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Finally, intergalactic space travel will be possible!!!


no, seriously though, this is HUGE as long as they follow through with it...

What about using it to power your house for your entire life time? It could be housed in an impenetrable fortress under ground.
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250MW?! Yeah, that's only a THOUSAND times more powerful than a skyline GTR! Absolutely ridiculous.

People have been proposing nuclear reactor powered cars for decades. It will never be practical. The more practical alternative is to have electric cars which recharge on a nuclear powered economy.
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