Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

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Carl White
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Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

Postby Carl White » Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:13 pm

http://newatlas.com/diamonds-nuclear-batteries/46645/

One problem with dealing with nuclear waste is that it's often hard to tell what's waste and what's a valuable resource. Case in point is the work of physicists and chemists at the University of Bristol, who have found a way to convert thousands of tonnes of seemingly worthless nuclear waste into man-made diamond batteries that can generate a small electric current for longer than the entire history of human civilization.

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Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

Postby kunkmiester » Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:48 pm

Nuclear and radiation have been demonized far too much over the past decades for this idea to see the light of day.
Evil is evil, no matter how small

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Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

Postby Carl White » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:49 am

Hmm, well, it's in Popular Mechanics too I see, which is pretty much doom for a technology.

Interesting to think about though. They say that the current is too small for a cellphone, but is that 100% true? It could slowly charge a capacitor for bursts of communication.

It may have space applications.

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Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

Postby paperburn1 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:33 pm

watch battery?
I am not a nuclear physicist, but play one on the internet.


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