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The Thorium Reddit

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The Thorium Reddit

Thorium - a naturally occurring radioactive chemical element with the symbol Th and atomic number 90. It was discovered in 1828 by the Norwegian mineralogist Morten Thrane Esmark and identified by the Swedish chemist Jöns Jakob Berzelius and named after Thor, the Norse god of thunder.

Thorium produces a radioactive gas, radon-220, as one of its decay products. Secondary decay products of thorium include radium and actinium. In nature, virtually all thorium is found as thorium-232, which undergoes alpha decay with a half-life of about 14.05 billion years. Other isotopes of thorium are short-lived intermediates in the decay chains of higher elements, and only found in trace amounts. Thorium is estimated to be about three to four times more abundant than uranium in the Earth's crust, and is chiefly refined from monazite sands as a by-product of extracting rare earth metals.

Wikipedia: Thorium

LiveScience: Facts About Thorium

Symbol: Th

Atomic number: 90

Atomic mass: 232.03806 u ± 0.00002 u

Electron configuration: [Rn] 6d27s2

Discovered: 1828 by Jöns Jacob Berzelius


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/r/thorium

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Operating Experience, Indian Point: world's first Thorium-fueled commercial reactor (1964)

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2024/03/21
05:25 UTC

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75 F in Iowa makes me think we need Thorium Nuclear Now - learn at the TEAC12 conference April 14th, 15th

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2024/02/27
06:53 UTC

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Crazy Warm Weather Makes me Think You Should be at Thorium Conference 12 April 14th 15th Abilene Tx

Iowa trip when it was 65f out ( tomorrow will be 75f ) made me think - all these people who like thorium, they need to get real, learn about it and learn how to deploy it. We are having a conference in Abilene Texas April 14th , 15th 2024 - Where everyone will learn where we are going with Thorium and Rare Earths critical materials

How do we solve these problems with Thorium Nuclear Power - that you get from rare earth critical minerals Join us at TEAC12 to learn how DISCOUNTS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

https://thoriumenergyalliance.com/tea-conference/

All Are Welcome to Attend! – This is for all people interested in Thorium, Critical Materials, and the future of energy Lab Tours of the new Dillard Science center where the new Molten Salt Research Reactor is being built

Your registration gets you: World Class Conference Proceedings , Tours of the Historic new nuclear facility at ACU Great Lunch, All Breakout sessions, Famous Cocktail Reception, Thorium Prize Presentation At the brand-new conference hotel Abilene Double Tree – Contact them for TEAC 12 Room Block

Discount EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! until February 28 Sign Up

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2024/02/27
06:45 UTC

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Glitches on YouTube?

Me and my friend strarted using Thorium a while back and all seemed fine. Just recently we both noticed that we get "Graphics" glitches and sort of tears, black squares while wathing youtube.

We checked graphics drivers, the hardware and all seem fine. The fact is, that it only does while watching YouTube on Thorium, doesnt happen elsewhere at all. Anyone got the same issue?

3 Comments
2024/02/21
15:20 UTC

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Back button in LinkedIn setting does not work

While there are no issues viewing posts and articles, the back button when trying to update / amend experience, skills, etc in profile does not work and there's no response when clicking it.

Is it me or does anyone else also have this issue?

1 Comment
2024/02/20
06:19 UTC

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How Molten Salt Reactors Could Revive Nuclear Power

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2024/02/11
02:48 UTC

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Angel's End not dropping

I'm playing thorium thrower and "according to the boss checklist mod" I killed the freaking moon lord...you guessed it. FORTY TIMES. Getting over a DOZEN of the healer item and the bard item and ZERO thrower item. At this point I'm 99% convinced that this is a bug, but I want your opinion first before I cheese myself the freaking item in!

1 Comment
2024/02/10
09:56 UTC

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LFTR (Thorium-MSR) - Kirk Sorensen of Flibe Energy @ University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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2023/12/09
23:05 UTC

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How to make nuclear weapons with a Thorium reactor

6 Comments
2023/12/03
12:55 UTC

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Targeted Alpha Therapy

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2023/11/23
19:45 UTC

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Thorium benefits

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2023/11/11
19:26 UTC

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Thorium Fuel Cycle Introduction

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2023/11/01
08:49 UTC

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Showing of documentary "Nuclear Now" at University of Washington this Weds

Hi all, I work with the nonprofit, Friends of Fission Northwest, that aims to educate folks about nuclear fission. We are showing the documentary "Nuclear Now" at UW this upcoming Weds (10/18) at 6pm PT. I thought it'd be good to share it here in case anyone was interested.

If you'd like to join us, please sign up using the following meetup link : )

2 Comments
2023/10/16
00:49 UTC

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REALLY hoping for this to happen and to see more progress. Won't lie to anyone, I am a big fan.

3 Comments
2023/09/23
05:03 UTC

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False hype on thorium

Thorium is great to be sure but... (warning, reactor physics discussion imminent)

6 Comments
2023/09/13
00:14 UTC

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Fukushima water in context

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2023/09/11
18:52 UTC

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Nuclear is safer than wind energy

1 Comment
2023/09/10
12:13 UTC

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There might be momentum for going all nuclear rather than including renewables

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2023/09/09
14:42 UTC

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What is the difference between fissile and fissionable?

0 Comments
2023/08/31
21:54 UTC

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Le XAMR® de NAAREA

Le XAMR® de NAAREA !

https://www.naarea.fr/fr/projet

0 Comments
2023/08/22
20:49 UTC

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This seems to really divide people...

0 Comments
2023/06/06
09:47 UTC

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Great Interview with Kirk Sorensen, a Thorium advocate

0 Comments
2023/01/28
16:33 UTC

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The Rare Earth - Thorium Link

Chapter 10:  The Rare Earth's Thorium Link

How Rare Earths are often discarded as radioactive waste and how the Thorium contained within could provide clean safe and cheap nuclear power

Currently the EPA requires that Thorium (often found in association with rare earth minerals) must be handled in a "...a very specific and costly way...".... causing rare earth mining in the United States to be "prohibitively expensive."  .... however, both the environmental and economic problems associated with rare earth mining and processing in the US might be solved ...(by Thorium extraction and utilization) because Thorium can be used in a special type of nuclear reactor which has been shown to be proliferation resistant and safer than the High Pressure Water Reactors which are based on Uranium.

https://www.amazon.com/Rare-Earth-Crisis-monopoly-endangers/dp/B09RV17NGC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=12K97393WG2YO&keywords=the+rare+earth+crisis&qid=1674358316&sprefix=the+rare+earth+crisis%2Caps%2C276&sr=8-1

While there are currently no operating Thorium reactors, in the 1960s there was a Thorium fed Liquid Fluoride Salt Reactor at Oakridge National Laboratory that operated without incident for years until it was shut down by Congress in favor of fast breeder reactors.

3 Comments
2023/01/22
04:16 UTC

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La face "GÂCHÉE" du nucléaire❗

Extraordinaire documentaire : La face "GÂCHÉE" du nucléaire❗

https://youtu.be/2mMsqFAIdsE

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2022/12/08
18:53 UTC

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Thorium + HALEU = Clean Core Thorium Energy: Mark Nelson @ TEAC11

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2022/11/14
17:19 UTC

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With Dian Kemp , Ph.D from the Thorium Network

PAD(TM) is here! Our inhouse R&D team has been hard at work during recent times and we've great news to share. We've cracked the Atom! Rather, cracked the monazite apatite structure that tightly bind Rare Earths - and Thorium - together.

We call it Plasma Assisted Digestion(TM) or PAD(TM) for short.

Here's a brief of the process:

Mineral sand with a zircon, monazite, rutile composition of 20%:60%:20% were treated in a 9 kW inflight plasma.

We achieved >90% dissociation with a very low energy per kg input - lower than any comparable method.

Physical tests showed a new affinity for magnetic separation.

QemScan analysis shows high levels of dissociation in the particles.

Chemical tests showed a significant increase in neodymium extraction - in under 5 minutes.

Reduced lanthanum, cerium, Thorium and uranium extraction was attained.

A financial model shows that using the proposed mix with a minimum feed rate of 500 kg/h is sufficient to make the process financially viable.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new project!

And Pertract(TM) is coming too!

The combination is a unbeatable solution to rapid, low cost and environmentally friendly production of Rare Earths.

Thorium (and uranium) is removed early in the process thus enabling a two step/ dual location processing, to maximise final end product values.

Stay tuned.

Reach out to us at PAD-Pertract@TheThoriumNetwork.com to find out more.

Thank you Dian Kemp, Ph.D. We are excited to announce the launch of our new project!

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2022/10/26
04:46 UTC

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