10 Nov '11, 11pm

Thorium: The Nuclear Power We've Never Known (Video)

Thorium: The Nuclear Power We've Never Known (Video)

Argonne National Laboratory /CC BY-SA 2.0 Imagine if nuclear power was safe, terror-proof, and fueled by a plentiful, ubiquitous element. Sound like a pipe dream? Maybe it is. Maybe not. A couple nights ago, I dropped by the Vice magazine offices in Brooklyn to check out a new documentary on thorium put together by Motherboard.tv. (Full disclosure: the video was produced by Alex Pasternack, a sometime contributor here at TH.) The film, The Thorium Dream , examines the history of an alternative kind of nuclear power, one tested decades ago but never embraced. The doc follows a cadre of modern day thorium enthusiasts who are tirelessly crusading to get their ideas heard: Specifically, give thorium-fueled nuclear power another go. It's much safer, they argue, since spent thorium fuel emits only a fraction of the radiation that uranium does. It doesn't provide a target for ter...

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