Reply to post: Re: Charles Stross suggests that neighbors are ISIS-like and abhorrent

ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

Ogi

Re: Charles Stross suggests that neighbors are ISIS-like and abhorrent

Well, seeing as what we call "nuclear waste" is in fact nuclear fuel that we couldn't burn in the reactor (hint, if it is radioactive, it still has energy in it) it is perfectly plausible that our nuclear waste to be usable in fuel in more advanced nuclear reactors.

The technology exists already, from what I remember, only the US (of nations that have the technological capability) does not reprocess spent fuel, but rather just dumps it into long term storage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breeder_reactor#Fuel_efficiency_and_Types_of_Nuclear_Waste has some info on reactors which can make use of nuclear waste to generate more heat.

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