Dr. Rusty Towell presents LFTR at TEDxACU

Dr. Rusty Towell, professor of physics at Abilene Christian University, presents the benefits of LFTR technology at TEDxACU:

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The Mythology of the Thorium Car, Thorium Plasma Batteries, and More!

From time to time there appear in the public domain stories and advertisements about revolutionary consumer products and their technical underpinnings.  These communications make outlandish, but very exciting, claims.  Many of these involve promises of huge dollar savings to the consumer.  These opportunistic authors use the interesting technique of attaching their literally incredible claims to credible science.  The incredible is pulled along by the coattails of the credible.  If such stories and theories are not addressed by rational scientific analysis, the ...

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Energy From Thorium Top 10 Attributes

Energy From Thorium Top 10 Attributes Here is a resource paper/technology summary on the top ten basic attributes/reasons why LFTRs (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors) should be pursued. This is a very easy to use resource to have handy when you are talking to a legislator or talking to a friend, neighbor, or family member. While Thorium's use in a LFTR has many benefits we feel these top ten are the easiest to convey to someone knowing little about the technology in order to peak their interest. THORIUM AND LFTR TOP TEN ATTRIBUTES The abundance of the element ...

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THORIUM: energy cheaper than coal

THORIUM: energy cheaper than coal has just been published and is available from Amazon. Click on the cover image for more information, including hundreds of links for reference or further study. Thorium energy can help us check CO2 and global warming, cut deadly air pollution, provide inexhaustible energy increase human prosperity Our world is beset by global warming, pollution, resource conflicts, and energy poverty. Millions die from coal plant emissions. We war over mideast oil. Food supplies from sea and land are threatened. Developing nations' growth exacerb...

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Ammoniac Nucléaire

Energy from Thorium reader Raul Parolari thought that some of our posts should be presented in other languages, so he offered this translation to French. French translation follows...

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Nuclear Cement

In the recent Nuclear Ammonia article post, ammonia was illustrated as a fuel that could propel vehicles in a zero carbon era. Despite our best efforts in developing new internal combustion engines and direct ammonia fuel cells, there will continue to be a role for carbonaceous fuels. Gasoline and jet fuel have double the volumetric energy capacity of liquid ammonia. A given fuel tank can only contain half as much ammonia combustion potential energy as gasoline combustion potential energy. Fuel tank size is very important in aircraft. Decades of engineering of airframes ...

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Rebutting Rees in the Ecologist and the Guardian

Eifion Rees wrote an article for the Ecologist and later republished it in the Guardian. The article was called "Don't believe the spin on thorium being a ‘greener’ nuclear option." I wrote a rebuttal to the article here.

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Nuclear Power is Ripe for Innovation

  Bill Gates believes that Nuclear Energy is ripe for innovation I would tend to agree with Mr. Gates: "In a conversation with Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson today at the magazine’s third annual Business Conference, Gates said that one of the best aspects of nuclear power at the moment is its lack of innovation thus far, which leaves it ripe for disruption in the coming years." Full article at VentureBeat. LFTR can be that disruptive technology that he seeks, and it will be much simpler to engineer and operate than the travelling wave reactor, ...

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Radiation Exposure Graphic

Great visual depiction of the magnitudes of radiation exposure from Scientific American.

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Thoughts on Lester Brown's "Plan-B"

Last night I was flying back from speaking at TEDxYYC to Alabama and I had a bit of time on my flight, so I watched a program that I had recorded on PBS a few days earlier. It was called "Plan-B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization" and it focused mostly on the work of Lester Brown of the Worldwatch Institute, as he travelled the world and particularly through Asia discussing how climate change would affect food production, and ultimately, civilization. The program began with what has become fairly standard fare in these types of programs, describing how fossil fuels have ...

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