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  1. #1 Fit a nuclear power plant into a tennis ball 
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    How would one go about harnessing the ability to create power like a nuclear plant into something as small a tennis ball?


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  4. #3 Re: Fit a nuclear power plant into a tennis ball 
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeyourmind
    How would one go about harnessing the ability to create power like a nuclear plant into something as small a tennis ball?

    Nuclear reactions themselves don't produce any electricity, just heat.
    In practice, a nuclear power plant is really just a big steam locomotive engine, except instead of heating the water with coal, it uses reacting uranium or plutonium (only Uranium in the USA, though).

    I suppose if you wanted something more compact, you could use a thermal couple instead of a steam engine to produce the electricity, but then you'd constantly be needing to cool the device off. The reaction itself can be carried out on a piece of uranium the size of a tictac.

    http://discovermagazine.com/2010/jun...of-micro-nukes

    Some of this research is actually happening at the college I attend. .....kind of unsettling when I think about how close my classroom is to a nuclear reactor.... lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeyourmind
    How would one go about harnessing the ability to create power like a nuclear plant into something as small a tennis ball?

    RTGs have been used to provide electric power for several spacecraft.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiois...tric_generator
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