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(Medium)   In 1972, scientists discovered a 2 billion-year-old nuclear reactor in west Africa. Gulp   (medium.com) divider line 15
    More: Interesting, scientists discovered, nuclear reactors, Nuclear Physics, atomic nuclei, fundamental constants, fine structures, fissile material, nuclear waste  
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2014-04-29 02:05:33 PM
3 votes:
Makes me look at Yucca Mountain a little different.
2014-04-29 02:43:35 PM
2 votes:
catacombs.space1999.net

The obvious answer is to bury all this waste on the Moon
2014-04-29 01:51:52 PM
2 votes:
old news.
2014-04-29 11:39:48 AM
2 votes:
There are only two possible explanations: It's the power source of an early model Stargate, or else Tesla crashed his nuclear-powered time machine in Africa.
2014-04-29 04:45:06 PM
1 votes:

snocone: Farking Navy has been building perfectly good reactors for 50 years.
We used to own them.


Yes, but the Navy does not have a profit motive. When you add a profit motive to anything that is dangerous when expensive regulations, safe guards, and maintenance is involved you can bet that some corporate asshat will circumvent the regulation, ignore the safeguards and forget about the maintenance in order to make more money.

For Christs sakes look at BP and the slap on the wrist they got for that mess in the Gulf of Mexico. They really should have had all their US assets seized, their corporate charter voided, and every executive we could get our hands on thrown in jail.

Corporations have proven time and again to be detrimental to the public good and the protection afforded by corporate charters should no longer apply to individuals. Owners of corporations should be liable for the actions of said corporations and have their assets at risk when corporate malfeasance occurs.
2014-04-29 04:11:18 PM
1 votes:

Havokmon: Courtney Love's Genital Warts: YAY! Nuclear power is safe, natural, and there is no way anything can possibly go wrong.

Also, burying all our shiat at Yucca mountain is a good idea.

That's why we should burn it in newer, safer, more efficient reactors. Not the reactors that were designed alongside black and white television.


Actually color TV...but you are right anyway.  Modern reactors use as fuel, which is why we should at least SAVE the stuff where we can get to it again.

Read about these sites some years back, very interesting stuff - of course one wonders how much radioactive steam was emitted by these reactors during a 'pulse' - sadly we will never know.

There are some theories about older planets where background radiation levels are too low to support mutations.

Ponder THIS:  Our sun does not make Uranium at all, it comes from Supernovae...
2014-04-29 03:25:38 PM
1 votes:
And don't we call Africa the cradle of life?

Was it a coincidence that rapid evolution occurred on the same continent as this runaway nuclear reaction?

This was God's first attempt at GMO; now we're finally playing with the same tools!
2014-04-29 03:20:33 PM
1 votes:

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: old news.


Like 2 billion years old. Thanks for clarifying that.
2014-04-29 03:12:57 PM
1 votes:

pag1107: I learned about that in a microbiology class in grad school. There is a theory that chemotrophic bacteria may have concentrated the U235.


If that were the case, it most likely would have happened again sometime in the last 1.5 billion years. To the best of our knowledge it hasn't.

Considering (according to the article) that uranium 235 was a very fissile 17% when the solar system was created & still a fissile 4% 2 billion years ago, the bacteria theory isn't required to explain it (although I wouldn't put it past the little buggers; always looking for a way to take over the world).
2014-04-29 02:33:29 PM
1 votes:

J. Frank Parnell: Courtney Love's Genital Warts: YAY! Nuclear power is safe, natural, and there is no way anything can possibly go wrong.

Yup, no difference between a deposit of Uranium and a reactor at all.


We are talking about a deposit of Uranium that turned into a natural reactor, so in this case, there really isn't a difference.
2014-04-29 02:20:59 PM
1 votes:
I learned about that in a microbiology class in grad school. There is a theory that chemotrophic bacteria may have concentrated the U235.
2014-04-29 02:17:28 PM
1 votes:
That explains all those Godzilla thingies that the asteroid killed.

/interesting article subs
2014-04-29 02:15:12 PM
1 votes:

Courtney Love's Genital Warts: YAY! Nuclear power is safe, natural, and there is no way anything can possibly go wrong.


Yup, no difference between a deposit of Uranium and a reactor at all.
2014-04-29 02:01:57 PM
1 votes:
"The Oklo story ebds with a damp squib."

WTF? I think the author has encoded a message in this sentence.
2014-04-29 11:26:40 AM
1 votes:
This planet is truly a marvel.
I bet there are others.
Let's look.
 
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