Some people get hit by lightning and suddenly talk in ancient languages. Some suddenly can compose great music. I dived awkwardly into a swimming pool and got so much water in my ear half of my head is paralyzed. I can't hear the cheers of the fans anymore. Somehow with no sleep in two days I have awoken as a man obsessed with Thorium.
This is how it happened A gentleman came to view my mother's house for sale and he is the CEO of a tiny company called Thorium Power, he was talking about his company and what Thorium could potentially do and I caught whiff of it I guess- suddenly I'm at the computer at 3:00 in the morning with the stuffed head and the lack of senses... and the wine... and the sudden urge to just accumulate a tone of this guys company started to come over me.
I need a Mort Zuckermen play I've been whining to anyone who will listen I need massive amounts of something that will be huge... We've cycled through Wind, Batteries, Solar... what next? More Nukes obviously is the way to go >but the waste! the terrible waste, no one wants it in their backyard... well Thorium can treat that waste and make into face cream!.. Well not face cream but make it far better as you will find out.
This is now the official record of my maddening decent into the shadowy world of Thorium. Strap your seatbelts on folks this bumpy ride will take us from US to Russia to the back offices of Washington's elite to India and France and to the darkest regions of long term investing. ~ stoney
incase anyone was wondering wtf is thorium and wtf is it for
As an alloying element in magnesium, imparting high strength and creep resistance at elevated temperatures.
Thorium is used to coat tungsten wire used in electronic equipment, improving the electron emission of heated cathodes.
Thorium has been used in gas tungsten arc welding electrodes and heat-resistant ceramics.
Uranium-thorium age dating has been used to date hominid fossils.
As a fertile material for producing nuclear fuel. In particular, the proposed energy amplifier reactor design would employ thorium. Since thorium is more abundant than uranium, some nuclear reactor designs incorporate thorium in their fuel cycle.
Thorium is a very effective radiation shield, although it has not been used for this purpose as much as lead or depleted uranium.
Thorium may be used in nuclear reactors instead of uranium as fuel. This produces less transuranic waste.
Applications of thorium dioxide (ThO2):
Mantles in portable gas lights. These mantles glow with a dazzling light (unrelated to radioactivity) when heated in a gas flame.
Used to control the grain size of tungsten used for electric lamps.
Used for high-temperature laboratory crucibles.
Added to glass, it helps create glasses of a high refractive index and with low dispersion. Consequently, they find application in high-quality lenses for cameras and scientific instruments.
Has been used as a catalyst:
In the conversion of ammonia to nitric acid.
In petroleum cracking.
In producing sulfuric acid.
Thorium dioxide is the active ingredient of Thorotrast, which was used as part of X-ray diagnostics. This use has been abandoned due to the carcinogenic nature of Thorotrast.