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Unformatted text preview: to fusion reactors, much less nuclear waste would be produced. Since these fusion reactors are still a little ways off from being completed, other methods of performing the same tasks have been experimented with. One of these methods is one that has caused great controversy, called a breeder reactor. Though it would provide essentially the same end result, the way in which it would attain this result could create big problems. Breeder reactors convert uranium-238 (most commonly-occurring uranium) to plutonium-239. Unfortunately, plutonium-239 is incredibly toxic, to the point that if even a trace amount is inhaled, it would cause lung cancer. To make matters worse, its half-life is about 24,000 years, making it seemingly impossible to get rid of assuming a lot of it was to be created. This issue makes the desire for functional fusion reactors even more prevalent. References:  http://science.howstuffworks.com/fusion-reactor.htm  http://www.3rd1000.com/nuclear/nuke101g.htm...
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course PHYS 101 taught by Professor 1 during the Spring '08 term at Tulane.
- Spring '08