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Dearest TNS Contributors Whom We Depend Upon So Much...(we all luff ewe, ewe know ?)

*le sigh*

As a sheepy I of course can do lots of things for long periods of time without having to refuel. Often, I have gone without food for up to ten minutes !..now THAT is something !

In the world of nuclear engineering though, refuelling need not be for extraordinarily long lengths of time.....sometimes hours...even days !!..phew ! This is because nuclear power lasts a long time due to being actively powered by lots of radios !

Look here are some fine examples of Nuclear Powered Stuff:


A Nuclear Power Station


A Nuclear Ship


A Nuclear Submarine


A Nuclear Bunny Wabbit

As ewe can see, the majority of the stuff is big....why's that then ?...except for the bunny. why can't they miniaturise a nuclear reactor to sit in my car ?  It's simple !..all ewe need do is make it the same as a regular nuclear motor but make all the components smaller !! ..it's obvious isn't it ?...Blatant even ! Why has no one figured that one out yet ?

whajafink ?


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Ford actually designed one back in the 1950's http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=3359

 

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Kewl !!!

Is it still running ?..can I buy it ?


Ewe know !!....call me cynical "YOU'RE CYNICAL"..oh..ok !!.......but do ewe think all the petrol/gas peeps will actively de-promote non oil based powered cars and stuff ?
 

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Doubtless the oil giants would dwell on the safety aspects.

There's probably one in some out-of-town used car lot somewhere in Michigan. Should you come across one, an eBay member by the screen name of 'osram bin loading' seems very keen to purchase one or two.
 

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http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=16427.0

I wouldn't mind a nuclear reactor for my secret base, I might build one. How hard could it be?
 

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Doubtless the oil giants would dwell on the safety aspects.

There's probably one in some out-of-town used car lot somewhere in Michigan. Should you come across one, an eBay member by the screen name of 'osram bin loading' seems very keen to purchase one or two.

kewl..I hope he has got a good feedback rating !
 

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http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=16427.0

I wouldn't mind a nuclear reactor for my secret base, I might build one. How hard could it be?

I'll help ewe..I have sticky tape and blu tac !......sorted ...............(thanks for the link..)
 

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Both the USA and the USSR developed nuclear power plants of such a size and power to be useful in a car but there would be shielding and licensing problems not to mention cost.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_Nuclear_Auxiliary_Power_Program
 

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Both the USA and the USSR developed nuclear power plants of such a size and power to be useful in a car but there would be shielding and licensing problems not to mention cost.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_Nuclear_Auxiliary_Power_Program

Thank ewe very much syhprum. wonderful info.  perhaps, 50 years later on they can have another go !
 

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Doc figured it out in "Back To The Future" and had one retrofitted to the DeLorean. His was based on fusion (rather than fission) which could be a lot safer. Now all we need to do is get fusion to work. Easy!
 

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