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New That can be worked around
even if it does seem like a relatively easy way for terrorists to get thier hands on fissionable material

That problem can be worked around, fissionable material can be designed such that it can not be reprocessed to bomb grade material except at a nuclear processing facility. Basically you pick a packing material for the uranium such that they can't be easily separated, making it hard to increase the uranium purity to the point you could use it in a nuclear bomb.

A bigger problem is somebody taking the fissionable material and setting it on top of a massive conventional bomb, turning the explosion into an environmental disaster.

I have to wonder some times why people keep suggesting the idea of small scale nuclear power plants. There is no way such a thing could actually be made safe, and even if it could there is no way you could ever convince the public at large to accept it.

Jay
New In early stages of German project, that was contemplated
ie dropping early-on some hideously radioactive mess. This in a bio of Heisenberg.. He was (of course?) not a proponent, nor do I recall if it was more than a passing evil thought.

But as you say - this capability is inseparable from any starry-eyed wishes for a 'home nuke'.

Maybe for another species - not this one. Ever, far as I can see.


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     portable nukes - (boxley) - (10)
         Kewl. - (imric) - (2)
             That can be worked around - (JayMehaffey) - (1)
                 In early stages of German project, that was contemplated - (Ashton)
         Link broke? - (tablizer) - (1)
             expired :( gonna hafta cut n paste more - (boxley)
         Antidote for such wants, per Amory Lovins - (Ashton) - (4)
             Counterpoint - (wharris2) - (3)
                 For certain values of well. - (Ashton) - (2)
                     Oh I'm all for offshore windmills - (wharris2) - (1)
                         You get the extra on grid, freed via coastal inputs. -NT - (Ashton)

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