Nuclear Waste and Diamonds Make Batteries That Last 5,000 Years

Source:Seeker
Date: 30 November 2016
author: Glenn McDonald

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Researchers in the U.K. announced this week that they’ve found a way to turn radioactive diamonds into miniature batteries that last 5,000 years.

At a prestigious annual lecture event in Europe earlier this week, a team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol unveiled a nuclear-powered diamond battery, which runs off the radioactive energy salvaged from nuclear waste. The technique represents an entirely new kind of electrical generation system, according to the research team, which could solve multiple problems regarding clean energy, long-lasting batteries and nuclear waste disposal.

It works like this: In British nuclear energy plants, giant graphite blocks are used to facilitate energy production in the reactors. When those graphite blocks are used up, they’re removed. But they’re also highly radioactive and must be disposed of accordingly.

The Bristol team has found a way to essentially scrape away the most radioactive parts of the graphite blocks — the parts containing carbon-14, a radioactive isotope of carbon. That leaves th

e remaining graphite block less radioactive, making disposal easier, safer and less expensive. The U.K. is currently storing almost 95,000 metric tonnes of graphite blocks in ground-level vaults.

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Then it gets really interesting: After scraping the nuclear waste, technicians use the extracted carbon-14, in gas form, to make artificial diamonds, using existing techniques. The manmade diamonds have the same molecular structure as natural diamonds, although in this case they’re radioactive.

The Bristol team has put out a helpful (and improbably cute) animated video detailing process. From the video:

“Manmade diamonds have a strange property in that they can generate an electrical current when placed within a radioactive field. Our diamonds, though, are made of radioactive carbon and so are able to provide their own field to generate a small electrical current. This gives us a nuclear-powered diamond battery.”

Of course, the batteries have a major drawback: they’re still highly radioactive. No problem. The Bristol team has come up with a way to encase the radioactive diamond inside a larger inert diamond in such a way that energy is still generated, but the radioactivity is blocked. The newly encased diamond has less radioactivity than a banana, according to the video. Evidently, bananas are the standard metric for this sort of thing.

“There are no moving parts, no maintenance and no emissions, just direct electricity generation. And since diamond is the hardest substance known to man, no other material could easily offer any more protection to the radioactive carbon-14.”

Now, to the caveats. The Bristol team’s prototype diamond battery uses a radioactive isotope of nickel as the radiation source instead of carbon-14. But research data suggest carbon will work just as well, if not better, than the nickel, according to the Bristol team.

Also, the amount of electricity generated by the diamond battery is very small, only about 15 joules to the gram. By comparison, a standard AA battery produces about 700 joules to the gram.

The main advantage of the diamond battery is longevity, said Bristol University representative Aliya Mughal in an email exchange. The diamond battery might only put out a fraction of the energy of a standard battery, but with a half-life of 5,730 years, it will put out millions upon millions of joules of energy over that time period.

“We envision these batteries to be used in situations where it is not feasible to charge or replace conventional batteries,” said Bristol researcher Tom Scott, in press materials accompanying the announcement. “Obvious applications would be in low-power electrical devices where long life of the energy source is needed, such as pacemakers, satellites, high-altitude drones or even spacecraft.”

Farmers left feeling ‘very threatened’ and unable to sleep after a new animal rights campaign group abuses slaughterhouse staff and writes anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls

Source: UK Daily Mail
Date: 28 November 2016
Author: Abe Hawken For Mailonline

  • A new animal rights campaign group is invading slaughterhouses in the UK
  • They claim to use a ‘love-based approach’ focusing on ‘non-violence’
  • However, some of the 24 branches have taken a different approach
  • Anti-Semitic graffiti was daubed on the walls of one London abattoir   

Farmers have reportedly been left unable to sleep and ‘very threatened’ after a new animal rights campaign group has started to invade slaughterhouses in the UK. Continue reading Farmers left feeling ‘very threatened’ and unable to sleep after a new animal rights campaign group abuses slaughterhouse staff and writes anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls

Climate Report to UN: Trump right, UN wrong – Skeptics Deliver Consensus Busting ‘State of the Climate Report’ to UN Summit

Source:Climate Depot
Date: 17 November 2016
Author: Marc Morano

Keiser Report: Trumponomics (E993)

In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy address the policy vacuum of the President-elect by guessing what his policy toward fracking might be. If he wants to ‘save coal’, as he claims, it is fracking (a policy pushed by Hillary Clinton) that hurt coal mining more than environmental regulations. They also look at the false promise of genetically modified crops. In the second half Max continues his interview with Dr. Michael Hudson about what went wrong for Hillary.

War on food: NZ University wants to tax bread, cereal, meat, eggs and milk

Source:Scoop
Date:9 July 2015
Author: Food and Grocery Council

Auckland University wants to tax bread, cereal, meat, eggs and milk

A call by Auckland University academics to tax New Zealand families’ staple foods such as bread, milk, eggs and meat is lunacy, says NZ Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich. Continue reading War on food: NZ University wants to tax bread, cereal, meat, eggs and milk

Agenda 21 in Less Than 5 Minutes

Extracted from the Nov. 19, 2012, Glenn Beck Agenda 21 TV broadcast, a TED TV presentation (B. Gates, 2010); and 3 dramatic, faked-by-Beck UN Division of Sustainability TV advertisements (Nov. 2012 http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/… however, they do depict true Agenda 21 sustainability policies. Thumbnail of the entire UN Agenda 21 program (AKA: Sustainable Development), minus the propaganda inserted into the entire education system.

War on Meat: 40% beef tax suggested to pay for climate damage

Source:The Guardian
Date: 7 November 2016
Author:

 

Climate taxes on meat and milk would lead to huge and vital cuts in carbon emissions as well as saving half a million lives a year via healthier diets, according to the first global analysis of the issue.

Surcharges of 40% on beef and 20% on milk would account for the damage their production causes people via climate change, an Oxford University team has calculated. These taxes would then deter people from consuming as much of these foods, reducing both emissions and illness, the team said. Continue reading War on Meat: 40% beef tax suggested to pay for climate damage

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