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"Thorium fuel cycles offer attractive features, including lower levels of waste generation, less transuranic elements in that waste, and providing a diversification option for nuclear fuel supply."

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David F. (14)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:02 pm
> Thorium fuel cycles offer attractive features
Indeed: attractive for the new propaganda-line of the nuclear establi$ment, which after Harrisfukushichermanoburgbyl is in DESPARATE need of new LIES and new buckets of sand they can throw into the minds of the gullible...

> including lower levels of waste generation
HUR HUR HUR ... Xcuse me while i try to laugh to keep from crying. LIES don't become truth by repeating, nor does ultra-BULL$HIT like the above by reregurgitating; but the sheeple will become even more idiotic and alienated from Reality with every repetition.
This tekkno-fetishist propaganda is aimed at the gullible in order to allow the nuclear establishment to go on with their business, get a few more subsidies, and bring the next Harfukushimachernorisbylburg closer


David F. (14)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:05 pm
The fission products of the so-called "Thorium"-(i.e. U-233)-reactors are (in good approximation, like, say, 233/235) the same as those from U(235)/Pu(239)-reactors. Please verify this, e.g. in WP, which features a nice grafic of fission-product-distribution

And never mind that all the technofetishists' promises up until now turned out LIES and (self)deceptions, after 10000 lies the next statement MUST be true, must it not? Damn that stupid "popular wisdom" what tells you not to trust known liars!


Brian M. (210)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:18 pm
From the article: "Thorium is more abundant in nature than uranium.
•It is fertile rather than fissile, and can only be used as a fuel in conjunction with a fissile material such as recycled plutonium.
•Thorium fuels can breed fissile uranium-233 to be used in various kinds of nuclear reactors.
•Molten salt reactors are well suited to thorium fuel, as normal fuel fabrication is avoided.
The use of thorium as a new primary energy source has been a tantalizing prospect for many years. Extracting its latent energy value in a cost-effective manner remains a challenge, and will require considerable R&D investment. This is occurring preeminently in China, with modest US support."

Brian M. (210)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:19 pm
Continued: "Thorium is a naturally-occurring, slightly radioactive metal discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius, who named it after Thor, the Norse god of thunder. It is found in small amounts in most rocks and soils, where it is about three times more abundant than uranium. Soil contains an average of around 6 parts per million (ppm) of thorium."

Brian M. (210)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:21 pm
Also, "Thorium exists in nature in a single isotopic form – Th-232 – which decays very slowly (its half-life is about three times the age of the Earth). The decay chains of natural thorium and uranium give rise to minute traces of Th-228, Th-230 and Th-234, but the presence of these in mass terms is negligible."

Justin Vale (13)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 8:10 pm
thanks for sharing.

Catman P. (958)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 12:36 pm

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 2:53 pm
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