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[–] mrpepperfield 2 points 44 points (+46|-2) ago 

It's more of an artistic interpretation than what nuclear waste actually looks like. The glowing green came from one of the first discoveries about how dangerous radiation is. They would use radioactive decay to make glow in the dark watches. The watches would glow green so you could read it at night. The women who worked to make these watches all got extremely sick and I'm sure plenty died. They were called Radium Girls if you want to read more about them.

I think the glowing green stayed associated with nuclear waste to add to its scary factor. There's been an agenda to scare the public from supporting nuclear power almost since it was discovered. Even though with new technology there is hardly any waste product and it truly is the clean and renewable energy the climate change lovers have been looking for. But because of the stigma associated with nuclear it doesn't seem like the liberals would ever push to open more nuclear plants.

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[–] darkofthemoon 1 points 19 points (+20|-1) ago 

By definition it's not renewable because it uses up uranium or, in the case of fusion, deuterium. Neither of those substances are replenished on Earth after being used, even if the current available supplies are large. Particle accelerators don't count.

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[–] GIF-lLL-S0NG 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

Rocks containing high levels of uranium ores glow green in the dark. What we consider nuclear "waste" is fuel for reactors in the future. Current nuclear power designs are over engineered against proliferation. Only a fraction of the energy is used before the fuel is replaced. On the other hand, once a nation can accumulate thousands of tons of waste, it can be processed into weapons grade materials to ensure preservation of our bodily fluids until kingdom come.

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[–] Auguss 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

There is a place in NC that reverses the process and returns the heavy material back into reusable source. Also why are we not using thorium and fission yet?

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[–] MaunaLoona 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Nuclear power will last tens of thousands of years and that's with the technology we have right now.

If your benchmark for 'renewable' is that it lasts forever, then the sun isn't renewable either. It will turn into a white dwarf in five billion years.

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[–] TheHalfstache 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Configured properly, you can use the radiation of an operating reactor to create more uranium out of other non-fissile elements, replacing what you use. Done properly, we have enough to outlast the sun.

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[–] Naught405 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

There is a middle way, Nuclear reactors aren't exactly safe either (see list of nuclear disasters), but it is a lot of clean energy compared to the effort. Having 3 nuclear reactors at the Danpierre, and 51 others throughout France site is stupid. If anything goes wrong all of Europe will be irradiated. Ignoring nuclear power isn't feasible, but real precautions should be taken, like fail safe coastal reactors and avoiding population centers and studying the local climate and ecology to predict and prepare for any possibility.

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[–] 9839449? 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Saying Nuclear reactors aren't safe is kind of misleading as no energy source is entirely safe.

We do, however, have statistics on the deaths each causes per unit energy produced.

Energy Source              Death Rate (deaths per TWh) CORRECTED

Coal (elect, heat,cook –world avg) 100 (26% of world energy, 50% of electricity)
Coal electricity – world avg        60 (26% of world energy, 50% of electricity)
Coal (elect,heat,cook)– China      170
Coal electricity-  China            90 
Coal – USA                          15
Oil                                 36  (36% of world energy)
Natural Gas                          4  (21% of world energy)
Biofuel/Biomass                     12
Peat                                12
Solar (rooftop)                      0.44 (0.2% of world energy for all solar)
Wind                                 0.15 (1.6% of world energy)
Hydro                                0.10 (europe death rate, 2.2% of world energy)
Hydro - (world including Banqiao)    1.4 (about 2500 TWh/yr and 171,000 Banqiao dead)
Nuclear                              0.04 (5.9% of world energy)

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[–] lazyhammer 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

They are perfectly safe... until corruption and ass covering contributes to a string of them blowing up and everybody plays the not my problem game on the cleanup fukushima cough. Honestly unless fuckery happens with the market you are going to see solar panels end up around the price of high end shingles soon, just about every single home in America has enough space to mount an array more then capable of filling the needs of the home and then some.

I imagine the elite won't want thousands of people cutting cords, so sadly they will probably throw a massive wrench into the works before that happens.

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[–] BlueDrache 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Found the SimCity player.

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[–] obvious-throwaway- 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The Toxic Avenger was a propaganda machine, someone had to say it!

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[–] Professor_de_la_Paz 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

In NYC we have (had) something we referred to as, "sidewalk juice." The mysterious viscous liquid that flowed along the curbs and smelled like death. Maybe that was the inspiration.

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[–] TheWorstImaginable 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

jesus fuck... can you elaborate on that stuff?

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[–] Professor_de_la_Paz 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's this strange, foul-smelling liquid goop that you find in the street. You do your best never to step in it. One easy way to spot tourists or the B&T crowd is that they walk around NYC in open toed shoes or sandals. No New Yorker worth his or her salt would ever risk getting that stuff on their skin. Even city dogs avoid it.
I'm not 100% sure what it is made up of. I'd assume is the accretion of everything that spills from cars, buses, and pedestrians who drop litter / spill stuff.

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[–] 9837773? 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

The reactors I've seen glow blue

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

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[–] FPSFairy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Semi-related story, I remember this incident of a guy in South America stealing the radioactive part of a radiation therapy machine from an abandoned hospital because he saw the inside glowing blue and assumed it must be either something divine or something incredibly valuable. He and all his salvaging buddies got sick from handling it, along with tons of civilians.

I think this was the incident.

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[–] Potato_McGingerbeard 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

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[–] oftotc 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Hillary hacked one up at the debate, so there's that for reference.

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[–] toobaditworks 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

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[–] Kael_thas_Sunstrider 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It all comes back from the first Dr No. movie of james bond, they wanted to know how Cherenkov radiation looked like. They received a black and white photo of it, and figured it to be green. Ofc this radiation is only visible in a submerged fission core, but we should never let physics get in the way of fancy film / game effects!

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[–] frankenmine 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yes. Radium glows. In fact, radium was used to illuminate watch hands before it was realized that the female workers who were applying it were all dying due to cancer.

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[–] Kael_thas_Sunstrider 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Yeah, I just googled that, it is Ra-226, which emits alpha radiation. You can stand next to an alpha source, that only penetrates 10 cm into the air, can't go deeper than the first layer of your skin. So it is save to handle it, but getting it inside you..... That kills the man; Or woman in this case.

edit: I must point out, that the daughter nucleus of RA-226 is probably unstable too etc, so you will end up with other kinds of radiation, which could be worse in terms of penetration.

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[–] BumbleTummy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The product called Janitor In A Drum used to look just like the glowing green sludge.

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[–] Viropher 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yes, but it was later recolored orange for use in American Flavored Singles. /s

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