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Q&A Do chemicals from nuclear reprocessing waste remain radioactive? Are they flammable?

I'm writing a story about a town whose residents all work at a nuclear reprocessing site. Some teenagers begin to hang out near a small body of water close to the site that they call "the swamp". T...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Julia‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Julia‭

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Q&A Could I build a nuclear reactor based on Bernoulli's principle?

So I was recently inspired by the answers that I saw on this stack exchange to the following question: Feasibility of H.G. Wells' Continuously-Exploding Atomic Bombs And it occurred to me that you...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Stack Tracer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Stack Tracer‭

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Q&A Good explanation for why aliens can't build nuclear engines?

"Aliens used uranium and plutonium to generate energy for thousands of years. However, by the time they got into space exploration, they've used up every last bit of it. That's why they'll have to ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by justthisonequestion‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by justthisonequestion‭

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Q&A SFR Breeders on Small Mars Moon feasibility

Need help with a topic for a sci-fi book. Basic premise is 200yr in future, mining facility on small Mars moon of Phobos. Power source we would like is an Sodium Fast Reactor breeder as we think th...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Christopher Wojtan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Christopher Wojtan‭

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Q&A Powering a Nanobot Via Nuclear Fission of Its Material

First let me say that I know almost nothing but the basics about nuclear fission. I know more about nano robotics but I've got no degree in the matter, just a rather in depth curiosity and a lot of...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by James R.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by James R.‭

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Q&A How could a creature derive energy from radioactive elements?

Have a creature that doesn't really need vitamins or minerals, it only requires energy which goes through a energy-matter conversion to build what it needs. Radioactive materials would be great sou...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭

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Q&A What would cause a nuclear power plant to break down after 2000 years, but not sooner?

What would cause a nuclear power plant to break down after 2000 years, but not sooner? The setting is a society in a dark age. Their ancestors were considerably more advanced than earth currently...

19 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Vincent‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vincent‭

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Q&A Fusion powered aircraft methods

I am trying to design a single seat fighter capable of achieving (or getting close to) hypersonic velocities at high altitude. In this universe I am assuming compact fusion is a common technology. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Bradley Knauer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Bradley Knauer‭

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Q&A Feasability of miniature nuclear reactors for humanoid cyborgs

The idea is to build a cybernetic body for a human. Only the brain and a few glands related to emotions, like adrenal glands, will be kept. The brain and the glands will be in a closed, plug-and-p...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Geronimo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Geronimo‭

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Q&A Will unattended nuclear power plants actually cause damage to their surroundings?

Scenario: Deadly virus wiped out 80 - 90% world population and it did it pretty quickly (in 2 months) Although it is plausible that among these 10 - 20% of survivors will be people who actually kn...

10 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by PavelBot‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by PavelBot‭

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Q&A Convert radioactivity directly into electricity: Possible or not?

Is it possible to directly convert radioactivity to turn it into electricity? If yes, then what is the conversion rate?

15 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by mico villena‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by mico villena‭

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Q&A What would the effects be if all power grids connected to nuclear reactors abruptly suffered catastrophic failure?

To be more specific, I mean what if every wire, every power cable and transformer on the connected grids to the nuclear power plants all ruptured at once. The transformers literally exploding, the ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Obelisk‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Obelisk‭

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Q&A Would it be safe to assume that solid core nuclear rocket technology advances?

Solid Core Nuclear Thermal rocketry has existed for a while and I was thinking about using it as the primary propulsion in my setting. Now most Solid Core rockets still have fairly long transit tim...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Heat regulation in an asteroid base powered by a small nuclear reactor

So, I'm writing about the siege of an asteroid base. This asteroid is near the outer edge an asteroid belt at the solar radiation equivalent of Saturn's orbit from its star (although the raw distan...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DeathsDentures‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DeathsDentures‭

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Q&A Can liquid nuclear fuel be injected and ignited like petro from a fuel injector?

[![enter image description here][5]][5] Model Lightcraft under laser power While sadly the funding for this research has not been forthcoming, there have been proof of principle flights and ope...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A Lead as a nuclear fuel

On a timescale of 1e11 years, all uranium and thorium will have decayed, but planets will still exist, orbiting red dwarf stars. Would it be possible to use lead as a nuclear fuel? In principle, t...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by rwallace‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by rwallace‭

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Q&A A modern or near-future civilization without nuclear technology?

Would it be possible for a fully modern civilization (i.e. quite like our own, perhaps slightly more advanced, with near-future tech) to arise on an Earth-like planet devoid of uranium, plutonium, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by greatconcavity‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by greatconcavity‭

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Q&A Train-World: Storing RHUs for decades to centuries

...no, I mean, supposedly, I believe there is more about it than mere kans on our part. Installations like this one are found all along the spoorwegs, and yes, around some you should tread light...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Q&A Train-World: Feasibility of radioisotope steam-electric engines

...It's paradox. They left us these technological marvels, yet with all their might and knowledge they failed to prevent their own doom... Excerpt from a lecture by the High Historian of Berli...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Q&A What would it take to make a modern(ish) nuclear reactor release fallout?

I'm trying (failing) to write a story set within the exclusion zone around a nuclear power plant incident set in the near future. The 'incident' that leads to the exclusion zone being set up isn't ...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Nick‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Nick‭

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Q&A Why would Fission be used in a world where Fusion reactors exist?

In my world, all terrestrial bodies in the solar-system of over 900 km size have a significant human presence. Earth-moon Travel is as common as an interstate road trip, and Interplanetary travel i...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Repurposing a reactor from space to surface

A colony ship is sent to Enceladus. It has a nuclear reactor to provide power to life support, electric engines etc... Upon arrival, the colonists also need a reactor to melt holes into the ice and...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by b.Lorenz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by b.Lorenz‭

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Q&A How to design a zero-g nuclear reactor?

My worldbuilding involves a reasonably near-future, high-realism space station research outpost, and I'd like it to be powered by a nuclear reactor. However, I need as much detail on the actual rea...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Innovine‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Innovine‭

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Q&A Is it possible for an organism to evolve to generate its own nuclear power?

Is it possible for an organism to evolve to biologically generate its own nuclear power? If so, how would this evolution occur?

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Jeff Caros‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Jeff Caros‭

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Q&A Nuclear power for nomads

Is it possible to create a scenario where nuclear power is a practical option for nomads living like in Mongolia? There's two possible applications of nuclear power. One is to just use it as a hea...

14 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Andrew Grimm‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Andrew Grimm‭

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Q&A How can I build a Nuclear Reactor in my backyard?

In my world, having a nuclear reactor at your own house is legal, in fact government donates money in the form of subsidies ( So no constraints of funds). This might have been practical because of ...

19 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by killer JONES‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by killer JONES‭

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Q&A Could an entire continent runs on a single fusion reactor plant by 2100?

Affected continent is Asia, the world is running out of coal and natural gas. A major mega structure project is underway, its goal is to provide electricity across the continent with a single fusio...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A How big/powerful would your fusion reactor need to be to power the engines of a 32km long starship?

Let's assume the reactor takes up about 4 vertical kilometers and has the same radius as the ship (4km). This gives you a volume of about 2.01e11 m^3, which given about 3-5% of the reactor's estima...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A What political/historical factors could create acceptance of peaceful nuclear explosions?

I have been poking at the idea of an eventual re-emergence of the PACER concept, where energy is obtained by detonating nuclear explosions... but not exactly in the same form. After humans become s...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by AlanSE‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by AlanSE‭

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Q&A When and how would Earth's history diverge if uranium/plutonium weren't present?

Let's imagine an Earth clone devoid of naturally occurring fissile materials"”and, for comprehensiveness' sake, also devoid of fertile materials like thorium and americium that could be used to pro...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Oscillare‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Oscillare‭

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Q&A How can nuclear power produce -electricity- in space when energy must be converted differently?

Hear me out before you downvote; It's not as simple as it seems. On Earth, nuclear reactions produce heat energy. This is used to heat water, creating steam, powering turbines connected to generat...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Zxyrra‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Zxyrra‭

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Q&A an artificial fission star

A K2+ civilization wants to build a fission star, a huge mass of fissile material which doesn't collapse due to the radiation emitted by its fission decay. I know there are reactors like the aqueou...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by SilverCookies‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by SilverCookies‭

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Q&A Is helium 3 lucrative enough to justify the mining of the moon?

I've been trying to come up with a scenario in which space stations and lunar bases are established but are considered controversial. I sort of figure that if corporations started mining the moon t...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Wazanator‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Wazanator‭

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Q&A Portable nuclear reactor that can be brought to medieval age

A hero travels to another world that is like the medieval age of Earth. He needs a portable power generator. Is there any portable, low maintenance, at least 10 MW, reactor or energy producer that...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by mico villena‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by mico villena‭

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