Put A Nuclear Reactor In Your Basement

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You could soon have your own personal nuclear reactor, in your basement next to the hot-water heater and your washer/dryer. Here's a scale model of the Toshiba 4-S personal reactor, which is advertised as "super-safe, small and simple." Click through for a diagram showing how it would look in your home.

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Illustration for article titled Put A Nuclear Reactor In Your Basement

The 4-S can run for 30 years without any refueling, and doesn't need "control rods" to initiate the nuclear reaction like today's reactors. Instead, it just uses reservoirs of liquid lithium-6, an isotope that can absorb neutrons. When the reactor's fuel source is finally used up in a few decades, you can just call Toshiba and they'll come and take your reactor away in a truck. Just more proof that nuclear power is our future. Image by AP/Koji Sasahara.

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Corpore Metal

Actually I've always wondered why RTGs and betavoltaic batteries never became a big thing in consumer power generation. Seriously, from the stuff I've read over the last 20 years, we really are getting better at recycling and nullifying radioactive waste.

Not saying we shouldn't develop and implement solar energy, wind and tidal. As a technoprogressive I'm just saying that it time we re-examine the viability of nuclear sources of energy. The knee-jerk hatin' simplifies things too much.