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Nuclear Jello

Add gelling agent to radioactive water
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The blobs can be tethered at sea and recovered later when it's more convenient. Better than releasing liquid water.

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afinehowdoyoudo, Apr 06 2011

Fukuglue been there, done that [xenzag, Apr 08 2011]

Looks like the plan to do it, not in the sea but in reticulated water systems http://www.discover...n+%28Discoveryon%29
not in the sea, but in reticulated water systems [4whom, Apr 20 2011]


       [+] but if you've got a point source, which you need in order to add the gelling agent, why not just pump it into a tank ?
FlyingToaster, Apr 06 2011

       I would guess, because no tank(s) big enough are readily available. Damn logistics.
afinehowdoyoudo, Apr 06 2011

       the blobs will melt.
po, Apr 07 2011

       This is an outstandingly cunning idea! You'd need a fairly stable gel, though.   

       One other thought - would it not have been possible to pump the waste out into a tanker?   

       One final thought - it probably doesn't matter, except for psychological reasons. I doubt that that amount of waste, dispersed by a few days of currents, would be detectable. But maybe I'm wrong.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 07 2011

       [MB] so far it's resulting in radioactive fish.
Voice, Apr 07 2011

MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 07 2011

       I suggest agar. That's coming from almost zero expertise.
rcarty, Apr 08 2011

       Hmm. Agar. Let's see... moderately expensive - check. Sufficiently fragile to be broken easily by wave action - check. A nutritious snack for turtles and fish - check. Yep - ticks all the boxes.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 08 2011

       Hey wait -- that's the form to have me committed.
rcarty, Apr 08 2011

       How about "Committed thinkers." as a tagline?
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 08 2011

       ask and you shall recieve: marked-for-tagline
afinehowdoyoudo, Apr 08 2011

       Dope the gelling agent with boron, xenon or some such neutron absorber. Not affiliated with Pampers, Depends, or anything with added wings...
4whom, Apr 10 2011

       Sodium Silicate, maybe? They've already got some on-site from when they plugged the crack in that cable trench.
EdZ, Apr 10 2011


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