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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Can the half lives of radio-isotopes be accelerated? This website thinks so.

A reader sent me this information, and asked for some due diligence review of the concept.

The basic idea is that something can be done too make radiation half life away at a faster rate.


My first thought was, that because the radiation emission happen at an atomic scale, that there is nothing you can do to change the probabilistic nature of the emissions.      But it sure would be useful if you could get half lives to speed up.

Someday, I will do a due diligence, not this week though.
See my comments to the BRC (and add your own!). Another good read is: Nuclear Roulette the Case Against a "Nuclear Renaissance",Gar Smith,
On-site neutralization of radioactive waste at the power plant would make a lot more sense if the option were in fact available. Currently it is not. Scientists generally believe that radioactive decay rates are remarkably constant and that they cannot be changed by a simple, inexpensive process. The discovery of so-called "cold fusion" in 1989, however, changed all that. It became clear that radioactive decay rates could be affected by ordinary electrolysis. This led some scientists to propose that a process be developed for disposal of radioactive waste. Dr. G.H. Miley, for example, wrote U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (1999), Proposal No. 99-0222, "Scientific Feasibility Study of Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENRS) for Nuclear Waste Amelioration".(   ) The proposal was actually accepted, but some of those "institutionalized, atherosclerotic precision mound builders" that I talk about, later killed the project. Apparently, this was just too big a mound for them to leap over. (See: , , Complaints about U.S. Office of Patents and Trademarks regarding Cold Fusion: , Transcript of ABC's "Good Morning America" June 11, 1997 . See also Remediation of radioactive elements
What we now need is more public awareness and support for the idea that neutralizing radioactive waste at the power plant may be feasible. In Issues I have suggested that even a highschool chemistry student could build an apparatus to demonstrate the basic principles. If our kids are doing it, then the universities and national labs will see their way clear to get this show on the road. Uncle Sam can tell them:

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