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fission matter assembler

The stray neutrons from a nuclear fission reaction are used to assemble new molecules.
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All common matter is made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Fission of a molecule releases a neutron and two smaller molecules. These molecules vary in their radioactivity and composition but many are common elements that have emerged from a more complex element.

Direct the neutrons toward specific molecules and they will break in a very predictable manner and produce even more molecules. Do this enough times and i'll bet you could produce nearly every element below 1/2 the atomic weight of a uranium atom.

The drawbacks are that it will completely turn society on its head. Nothing would be precious or rare anymore, and money would no longer matter. Society would need to transition to a higher state of mutual progress, like in star trek :)

innoventor, Feb 13 2006

fission products http://www.answers....pic/fission-product
products produced from a fission reaction [innoventor, Feb 13 2006]

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       Fission Chips Recipe: First, catch your Fission.
ConsulFlaminicus, Feb 13 2006

       When you go nuclear fishin -- you catch molecules?
xandram, Feb 13 2006

       High school chemistry is next year, isn’t it?
ldischler, Feb 13 2006

       The subtitle (neutrons) is in conflict with the idea text (molecules).   

       We can already produce many atoms that very rare and precious things (e.g., people) are made of. That's not the hard part.
jutta, Apr 30 2006

       /money would no longer matter/ assuming that the only thing we need money for is to buy raw materials.
david_scothern, May 01 2006


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