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Discussion » Questions » Science and Technology » Is Thorium our new Nuclear Energy fuel of the future.....How many uses are there for it at present..?

Is Thorium our new Nuclear Energy fuel of the future.....How many uses are there for it at present..?

Posted - May 27

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  • 24887
    There is too much information on it to write here. Here is a good source. Sorry to disappoint.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium
      May 27, 2019 5:36 PM MDT
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  • 10862
    How on earth did they know about these radioactive isotopes 130 years plus ago...So many people must have died just being near them when they were first discovered and mined...
      May 28, 2019 1:07 AM MDT
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  • 24887
    We didn't even know about radioactivity 130 years ago and there were no uranium or thorium mines then. Most isotopes of thorium emit alpha particles, which cannot even penetrate skin. In minute quantities it is quite save and is still used in mantles for gas lanterns. 
      May 28, 2019 7:06 AM MDT
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  • 2320
    Some gas mantels.   Most these days on It the thorium and that is why they don't have the same color temp as they used too.  If you have old ones sitting around and put them in a lantern and you compare them to most modern ones the old ones are noticeably more yellow in light and the new ones whiter. This post was edited by Gris-gris McMuffin at May 28, 2019 9:01 AM MDT
      May 28, 2019 8:58 AM MDT
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  • 10862
    I'm quite happy with just yew lighting up my life actually....hehe 
      May 28, 2019 11:11 AM MDT
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  • 7205
    Thorium is more abundant than uranium and cleaner to dispose of. You can't use it to make tea because it has to be heated to about 8400 ° farenheit to get it boiling. 
      May 28, 2019 1:41 AM MDT
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  • 10862
    Hot stuff then ...:) 
      May 28, 2019 11:12 AM MDT
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  • 40454
    I don't even know what our old nuclear energy fuel is.  
      May 28, 2019 11:55 AM MDT
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  • 24887
    Presently we use uranium 235.
      May 28, 2019 5:13 PM MDT
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  • 22385
    not sure
      May 29, 2019 4:34 PM MDT
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