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TYT - A car that runs for 100 years without refuelling

TYT - A car that runs for 100 years without refuelling

(5:27) Could Thorium be the future of nuclear energy? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks discuss Laser Power Systems' concept for a thorium-powered car engine. Half hour Motherboard documentary on Thorium is well worth watching: youtu.be/GQ9Ll5EX1jc

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Latest comment: Science and technology is always just the first step. If it was all up to what could be done - we would be having cheap flights to the Moon by now. Just imagine how many cars are stolen every day worldwide. And imagine how many times 8mg of Thorium, Uranium or whatever could be stolen each day on streets. And what if someone, or a group, is just rich enough to buy 100 of these cars just to extract its "fuel"? We already have nuclear powered sumbarines and other vehicles, as well as power plants, the technology is not new. But knowing that people are either evil or stupid, a mass produced car with such fuel would demand military class protection included in price. Technology wise - it would be cool. Electric cars are cool too and can be charged wirelessly along any road that has electicity poles along it. But since modern wars and empires are based on oil, this never works. Just imagine giving a nuclear reactor engine and fuel to ones already determined to kill people for just stinky slimy crude oil in goverments or giving opportunity to steal such car to the people who already have no problem stealing and harming others for 10 (of any currency).
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Latest comment: Science and technology is always just the first step. If it was all up to what could be done - we would be having cheap flights to the Moon by now. Just imagine how many cars are stolen every day worldwide. And imagine how many times 8mg of Thorium, Uranium or whatever could be stolen each day on streets. And what if someone, or a group, is just rich enough to buy 100 of these cars just to extract its "fuel"? We already have nuclear powered sumbarines and other vehicles, as well as power plants, the technology is not new. But knowing that people are either evil or stupid, a mass produced car with such fuel would demand military class protection included in price. Technology wise - it would be cool. Electric cars are cool too and can be charged wirelessly along any road that has electicity poles along it. But since modern wars and empires are based on oil, this never works. Just imagine giving a nuclear reactor engine and fuel to ones already determined to kill people for just stinky slimy crude oil in goverments or giving opportunity to steal such car to the people who already have no problem stealing and harming others for 10 (of any currency).
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At 1:27, he says the waste is not useful in creating bombs. He didn't state anything about the radioactive gas radon, radium (half life of 1601 years then decays to radon gas), and actinium that it decays into. That's what this world needs is to drive around cars with radioactive materials in them that can kill everyone in the general vicinity if there is an accident (or on purpose for terrorists). A power plant being converted to Thorium is a good idea as long as the waste is properly disposed of. Having it in the hands of citizens is another story.
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At 1:27, he says the waste is not useful in creating bombs. He didn't state anything about the radioactive gas radon, radium (half life of 1601 years then decays to radon gas), and actinium that it decays into. That's what this world needs is to drive around cars with radioactive materials in them that can kill everyone in the general vicinity if there is an accident (or on purpose for terrorists). A power plant being converted to Thorium is a good idea as long as the waste is properly disposed of. Having it in the hands of citizens is another story.
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