Why throw nuclear waste away? It looks useful.

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    Nuclear waste will continue producing massive amounts of heat until it stops being radioactive. We could heat buildings by pumping hot water through pipes that is heated by nuclear waste. We could save power by putting nuclear waste in lead coated hot water heaters in our homes instead of using electricity to heat our water.
     
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    Not economically feasible because it's still highly toxic and must be secured and constantly monitored to keep it out of the hands of terrorists. ... :cool:
     
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    Sunny. I'm only here to help udderz

     
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    The main cannon in the A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) fires depleted uranium bullets that go clean thru tanks :banana:

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    You go with that.

    Let us how it goes, I'll be waaaaaaaay over here.
     
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    U.S. and Russians tanks have reactive armor that can defeat depleted uranium sabot rounds. .. :cool:
     
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    Unfortunately, each of those explosive packs only works once. So, unless they are fortunate enough to be attacked by an A-10 with only about 20 rounds left, they are not good defense against A-10s.

    Good against guided missiles, though.
     
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    Kinda like when you hear the nuclear scientist say "If you see me running, try to keep up."
     
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    They've been processed to remove radioactives.
    Maxim #3 of "The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries"


    An ordinance technician at a dead run outranks everybody.
     
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    I don't think nuclear waste gets hot unless it's packed close enough ... otherwise it wouldn't be waste ... the stuff has to be refined again to allow criticality ... kinda guessing here but I know the waste from the power plants we have today is unsuitable for further use ... it's far more expensive to build breeder reactors from which the waste can be utilized ...

    The lead lined nuclear water heater would need 1 foot 4 inches of lead ... heavy ... too heavy for wood-framed floors ... the problem is exposure time, water heaters are in our homes all the time, that's very bad ... and very close, distance from the source is also a mitigating factor ... and gamma radiation is a killer, strong enough to disassociate oxygen molecules and forming ozone right there in our homes ...

    Terrorists are better off raiding hospitals, some really nasty stuff there ... plus for less than $100 at WalMart will get kill counts in the hundreds ... napalm costs the same as gasoline ... the radiological threat to way overblown unless we're talking nation-state terrorist activities ... and we all saw what Saudi Arabia can do with a handful of airplanes ...

    Better is for us to insure our government isn't acting overseas in a way that makes folks overseas want to kill us ...
     

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