Thanks John. I was going to use the "ignore poster" or the whimsily named "foes" function of this board so I would not have to pretend some posts were not made. The function simply would not let me add users to the "foes" list to hide their posts, and the box kept coming back empty after confirming the action. It was very similar to the issue I had trying to send you a private message to ask about that function. In that, I was able to get the PM addressed, but the site would not allow me to click in the text box area to type the message. I was just wondering if you had some of the functions turned off? I just didn't want to clutter the board up with this kind of trivial stuff. I have been a moderator on other outdoor forums, and I try to respect all rules, and so I thought I would try to just keep the board clean. I hadn't seen the other board.
As for the thorium, I've read several articles, written last calendar year, that had suggested there should be a working model of a thorium powered engine in a car by the year 2014. The thought was that 7 grams of Thorium would be the equivalent of something like 750,000 gallons of gasoline, or some such huge number. I am not familiar with this substance. It was mentioned that Thorium is radio active, but that an aluminum chamber would block any radioactivity from escaping. They also said the engine would end up weighing in the 700 lb. range, and that it would possibly out live the car, and could then be taken out and put in a new body.
What I find so interesting about this is that back in high school, in physics class, in the mid 1970's, we were doing experiments where we separated water molecules, distilled water, and then burned off the hydrogen, and let the oxygen just escape into the air. I've always thought if high school students could create a combustible gas that easily back then, then why don't we have cars that are now run on hydrogen, or in essence, we should be using distilled water as our fuel source. I do realize there would have to be more to it than just separating the molecules and pumping the gas into the combustion chamber, but it seemed something engineers should have been able to accomplish.
All that said, brings me to the next point, even if Thorium could be used, and the set up was a little complex, using lasers and steam powered turbines to create the electricity, they said the biggest hurdle was miniaturizing the turbines to a size they could fit in the car. Apparently the thing works by the lasers melting the thorium that apparently has a sizable difference in it's melting and boiling points, and this would give off the radioactivity to generate heat to create steam, then convert to electricity and we would essentially have electric cars with plenty of power and no worry of the battery going dead. I personally feel that the fossil fuel industry has the richest lobby in DC, and that any such patents for such an engine would be bought up by the big fossil fuel companies and locked away from sight.
I had no idea of the use in welding. I was just wanting to see what others thought of this technology, as it is something I have just begun to investigate.
Thanks for the answers, and reading such a long post... I'll be looking for more input... some of you seem very well versed in a lot of different areas of expertise.
Kybasser wrote:Also, John, is there a way I can contact you about some of the functions of this forum? I tried to send you a private message to ask the questions, but it would not allow me to enter any text in the text box.
Thanks to all who are willing to participate in a reasonable discussion,
PS John, saw you on last night's edition of "Unsealed"... looks like you have dropped a few lbs!!
Yes, please feel free to email me at my email firstname.lastname@example.org
. However, if it is simply a board issue - post it here for others to see as well: black-vault-website-forum-support-f36.html
There are MANY features here on the board, that can be used, and I am here to help. We should keep in public, so others can see what they can utilize in regards to features as well.
Anything else can be emailed privately.
By the way, thank you for the compliments on the dropping of the pounds.
I have more to lose