[mythtv-users] [Slightly OT] solar power for all our gadgets

David Brodbeck gull at gull.us
Thu Mar 19 16:39:27 UTC 2009

Chad wrote:
> And to bring it back onto the topic (in this off topic conversation ;]
> ) is jettison an option?

Not really.  The energy costs are enormous and a launch failure would be 
a disaster.

Burying it is not such a terrible idea, really.  We actually have a good 
example of what happens to buried solid nuclear wastes over a very long 
period of time -- the natural nuclear reactor that formed 2 billion 
years ago in a uranium deposit in Oklo, Gabon.  This reactor "operated" 
intermittently over a period of about 100,000 years.  In two billion 
years the fission products of that reactor have migrated only a very 
short distance through the ground.  This suggests that a properly 
situated waste site could successfully contain nuclear waste for a very 
long time.

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