Nuke to the Future

The portable nuclear reactor is the size of a hot tub. It’s shaped like a sake cup, filled with a uranium hydride core and surrounded by a hydrogen atmosphere. Encase it in concrete, truck it to a site, bury it underground, hook it up to a steam turbine and, voila, one would generate enough electricity to power a 25,000-home community for at least five years.

The company Hyperion Power Generation was formed last month to develop the nuclear fission reactor at Los Alamos National Laboratory and take it into the private sector. If all goes according to plan, Hyperion could have a factory in New Mexico by late 2012, and begin producing 4,000 of these reactors.

Hyperion spokesman Deborah Blackwell commented on several practical applications for the “nuclear battery.” “The lab is doing a lot of work on oil shales and oil sands, but there’s no way to get power to those facilities,” Blackwell says. “So, this nuclear battery would be brought in and that would provide the power to run a small city of industrial use.”

Blackwell also envisions that the battery could be used at military bases, as well as in the developing world, where poverty is a product of a lack of electricity and clean drinking water.

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  1. Looks interesting. Now if we (our town) could just get one and have underground insulated power lines, we wouldn’t have to worry much with power outages with the next hurricane.

  2. a sake cup, filled with a uranium hydride core and surrounded by a hydrogen atmosphere.

    So they are still making the brand of sake I drank.

  3. MICCOSUKEE TRIBE INDIAN RESERVATION, FL (AP) — A man who jumped into a lake to flee police was killed by an alligator.

    Officials say the man was burglarizing a vehicle in the parking lot of the Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center on Thursday. Authorities say he ran when police arrived at the scene. The man’s name has not been released.

    Tribal police divers searched for the man that night, then again Friday morning and afternoon. During the third dive, the body was recovered. It bore alligator teeth marks on the upper torso.

    The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department says the cause of death was an alligator attack.

    An accomplice has been arrested. The tribe is not obligated to follow Florida’s open records laws and declined to release the name of the man. Without a name, the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office was unable to comment on whether the man has been charged.

    “Burglars will be fed to alligators” sounds like it would have a pretty good deterrent effect. It would work for me.

  4. So they took away that gators dinner, that was getting properly….tenderized?

  5. Hey Swampie.
    Who or what and when was there a poster by the name of mandy manners at lgf? I saw it mentioned elsewhere, and wondered if it was someone that changed their nic.

  6. I met Mandy in the Lizard Lounge one night…..her manners are questionable, and she did change her nic, just can’t remember who she was.

  7. Hey Robert D!
    I was wondering if it had been PollyPrissyPants?

  8. On Monday, NewsBusters asked, “How soon before someone in the media blames the cyclone in Bangladesh on global warming, the war in Iraq, President Bush, or all of the above?”

    On Saturday, the Boston Globe’s Derrick Z. Jackson came very close.
    In his column entitled “Hesitance on the Warming Front,” Jackson was quick to blame everything but nature for the planet’s most recent natural disaster (emphasis added throughout):

    Bush and his cronies are responsible for everything that happens on earth. He must be God……and the left better take notice.

    The rest here

  9. Could be, Prissy Pants/Mandy Manners. It was a long time between visits…

  10. Well, I better email him and tell him to turn off this slow rain, with the temp at 40, then.

  11. I dunno.
    I left there almost two years ago, and ain’t been back.

  12. Sounds kinda cold for your area. We had 20 this morning. 36 right now.

  13. Swamps will know, if we can conjure her up again.

  14. The temp isn’t really the problem it’s the wet and cold. Just makes you want to shut the doors and windows and not look outside.

  15. Who knows what Swampie is up to.
    Maybe tormenting SMan, or feeding the critters.

  16. She’s always up to something. And as for the weather, I need some of that.

    Many people had sockpuppets over with CJ’s approval. Bubblegirl was one, and she may have been Mandy. It’s been awhile, but I think Polly was there at the same time.

  17. Cold rain?
    Nobody needs that.

  18. Well, I hate that too, but I like cloudy days with a light rain. The sun shining 300 days a year depresses me.

  19. I don’t get depressed, I get pissed, and the only weather that does that to me is snow, sleet, freezing rain, and hail. Temp doesn’t really matter so much, unless it gets below about fifteen degrees.

  20. I like the snow up to about 8″. The rest you mentioned, we don’t get much of. Guess that’s why we are taxed and regulated so much, to keep that stuff outta here. 😛

  21. Well, if your tax dollars are keeping you from that shiite, then it is money well spent.

  22. Probably just put the curse on me.

  23. I’m so touched by that. We need to send more to them…..

  24. We need to get her out, and put her on a college speaking tour.

  25. Cookie break.

  26. I’ve been neglecting ma’boy today, and he is begging me to kick the lazyboy back so he can lay down with me.
    Catch y’all later.

  27. G’nite n2l. I’ll catch ya in the mornin’.

  28. Some good news for the morning:Don’t Read Now

    5,000 US Troops In Iraq Heading Home– 68% Drop in Violence

  29. Well, well, well. Can’t say I blame him, but he should have shot the right guy:

    WATKINSVILLE, GA(AP) — Police say an enraged construction worker shot a fellow worker once in each leg after accusing him of stepping in some freshly laid concrete. Alejandro Juarez was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime.

    Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry says Juarez became upset when he found a footprint in some concrete his crew had just poured. The victim — a painter working at the same house — was not the person who stepped in the concrete, but Berry says Juarez loudly accused him anyways.

    Berry says Juarez pulled a handgun and shot him once, and then after he fell to the ground, he stood over him and shot him again.

    “It was a pretty dramatic few seconds there, apparently,” he says.

    The rest of the workers jumped on the man and wrestled away his gun, and Juarez fled. He turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.

  30. Sorry about leaving last night without warning, y’all. I had gone outside to check on a dog barking and when I came inside, the La-Z-Boy grabbed me, forced me to sit down, and then covered me with a comforter and made me watch a movie that SwampMan had playing. I fell asleep shortly afterwards due to the shock, no doubt.

    Friends are on their way back to the base. It was a nice visit. I’m so glad we got to see them, even if did sound like I was auditioning for the part of Camille but going way overboard on the coughing.

  31. Robert D, that is great news indeed, although I do not share our Democratic “friends'” optimism that the WoT will be over anytime soon, whether they elect to fight it there or here.

  32. In answer to your question re Mandy Manners, Robert D, she/he must have been after my banning (or a few months before; I had mostly stopped going to LGF in the months prior to my eviction for questioning the judgment of the landlord on his choice of tenents because I didn’t much care for Mr. Charles’ neighborhood anymore).

  33. Well, Swampie, I was the one that asked Robert, after that person mentioning that particular poster on the GoV thread.
    How was it the lazyboy, the comforter, and the remote all came available at the same time.

  34. interesting post AtS…
    New stealth banning policy revealed

  35. Well, uh, the remote did not become available. SwampMan had that on the adjacent La-Z-Boy.

  36. Ask yourself how many times you have made the following statement after killing a bird with a shotgun: ”Gosh darn it, now I have to painstakingly remove the pellets from this bird, and THEN, in a completely separate step, I have to season the bird so I can eat it! There must be an easier way!”

    If that sounds like you or somebody on your holiday gift list, then you need Season Shot. It’s a brilliant concept: shotgun pellets that are actually made from seasoning, so that you season the bird when you kill it! It’s a great timesaver for sportspersons, but it could also come in handy if you, for whatever reason, take your shotgun with you when you dine at fine restaurants:

    WAITER: How is your pheasant, sir?

    YOU: To be honest, its a little under-seasoned.

    WAITER: Would you like me to take it back to the kitchen?

    YOU: No need for that.


    According to the product website, Season Shot is accurate ”up to 45 yards.” This is the ONLY season shot recommended by both Vice President Cheney and his elderly Texas lawyer friend.

    That is too cool. I’m getting SwampMan some for Christmas so that when he gets the urge to kill roosters, they’ll be preseasoned.

  37. Yeah, nuke. Now he can spare the banning stick, and use a less confrontational way of manipulating his herd. What will he do with those that go outside his realm and make him mad?
    He’s been beeyotch slapped ten to the tenth at GoV, yet he continues with his “i’ve got a photo” and “look at this cross” still going for him.

  38. I wonder if that seasoning comes in any flavor other than rocks salt?

  39. Heh. I was wondering that myself. Rock salt and maybe some lemon pepper? To get it evenly seasoned, that sucker would have to be shot several times at different angles.

  40. Maybe some chunks of dehydrated garlic, and peppercorns?

  41. Oooh, that would be good, but biting into a chunk of peppercorn could break a tooth.

  42. … Aren’t we just all getting tired of these scams? Do you really want to believe this fantasy? You’d be lying to yourself… I’m sick of these stupid stories. It’s just like the 30 year powered laptop… Gawd.

    Ed Sinke

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