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  1. #1 speed up nuclear decay? 
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    Is there any possible way to speed up nuclear decay? If there was it seems like it'd be employed to get rid of nuclear waste, so i'm kind of guessing not, but i thought i'd ask.


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    1) Nuclear reactor
    2) Nuclear bomb


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    nuclear reactor is the best one, cause that one can we controll
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    He meant if we could accelerate nuclear WASTE. Your talking about highworthy nuclear compounds.

    What to do with the radioactive junk that comes out of the reactor?

    1) Radiation Fallout Reactor (very low energy production)
    2) Superheater (basically when adding energy the nuclear parts will eventually degrade faster)
    3) Mixing with other radioactive or none radioactive materials to make it react and also degrade faster.

    I guess just these 3
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    another nuclear reactor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwolver
    He meant if we could accelerate nuclear WASTE. Your talking about highworthy nuclear compounds.
    Zwolver I knew exactly what he meant, but I responded to exactly what he had written.

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    I wrote exactly what I meant to write. I did have the idea of reducing nuclear waste in mind, but I asked what I wanted to know. <Sorry, I just can't let things like that go, I can't have people thinking I messed up>
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    I read somewhere of being able to reuse more than half of the nuclear waste. This sounds awesome. GO NUCLEAR!
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    This is an extract from the New Scientist 06 August 2006:

    " Klaus Rolfs believes he can make radioactive waste safe in just decades, not centuries. Sweet music to the ears of the UK government, which was told on 31 July to speed up the burial of its nuclear waste deep underground.

    If it works, Rolfs' method would make costly underground disposal unnecessary. He claims to have cut the half-life of a radioactive sodium isotope by 1 per cent by embedding it in palladium metal cooled to a few degrees above absolute zero. Next, he wants to target the 1600-year half-life of radium-226, a major part of nuclear waste. He thinks it can be brought down to a paltry 100 years.

    His results refute a long-held idea that nuclear decay is not affected by the environment. Rolfs, of Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, says it will take 10 years to iron out the theory and engineering needed to make his technology practical. "
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    Scientific America had a particle physics issue out at the begining of this year which described the new waste based generator that could eliminate the need for waste storage facilites and produce depleated Uranium (which we could use for tanks )
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