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Accelerator Driven Treatment of Nuclear Waste 226

quax writes "In the wake of the Fukushima disaster the nuclear industry again faces massive opposition. Germany even decided to abandon nuclear energy altogether and the future of the industry is under a cloud of uncertainty in Japan. But one thing seems to be here to stay for a very, very long time: radioactive waste that has half-lives measured in thousands of years. But there is a technology under development in Belgium that could change all this: A sub-critical reactor design, driven by a particle accelerator can transmute the nuclear waste into something that goes away in about two hundred years. Could this lead to a revival of the nuclear industry and the reprocessing of spent reactor fuel?"
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Accelerator Driven Treatment of Nuclear Waste

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 24, 2012 @04:23PM (#41442189)
    I'll be long gone by then. Let someone else deal with it. Don't waste a cent of my money on it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 24, 2012 @04:29PM (#41442265)

    Well, fuck it all. I meant "It's not 'spend'...", but I fucked it up. This invalidates my rant entirely, and "spend" is now retroactively the correct past tense of itself, just to put me further in my place.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 24, 2012 @04:31PM (#41442285)

    You do have to admit, it's pretty easy to confuse "spent" with "spent." Both are spelled the same. Sound the same. Both can even be used as the past tense of spend. But, alas, most just don't get the intricacies in the differences between spent and spent.

    Thanks for clarifying.

  • by ZeroSumHappiness ( 1710320 ) on Monday September 24, 2012 @05:02PM (#41442717)

    We must ban this weapons-grade steel for the good of our children. Bronze is good enough for knives for shaving, tanning hides, working the fields. We don't need steel. The steel industry tries to convince us that steel has peaceful uses but we know that steel weapons easily fall into the hands of bandits and brigands. Arsenic poisoning is simply a lie by big steel so that they can create their death tools. In reality, bronze is safe, reliable and fulfills our tool needs.

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