This one really interested me. Targeted alpha therapy. Attach an alpha emitting particle (like Bismuth 213) to an anti-body which then goes and attaches to a cancer cell and the radiation kills that cancer cell. Bismuth 213 only comes from the thorium decay-chain as normal uranium in Light Water Reactors decays to Bismuth 212. That’s a problem, because 212’s granddaughter Thallium is a hard gamma emitter which could cause more damage than it cures.
Only LFTR’s could produce Bismuth 213 as a side-effect of producing abundant clean electricity.
Now add this to my last post on this topic, and you have LFTR’s giving us:-
- abundant cheap clean electricity,
- more thermally efficient electricity,
- nuclear waste & warhead eating reactor,
- passive safety where the reactor fuel drains away then solidifies if power fails,
- desalinated seawater (from waste heat — not instead of producing power but after producing power),
- cancer-fighting Bismuth 212,
- plutonium to run deep space probes.
LFTR’s are what fusion wanted to be, but with so many more applications it hurts that we’re not building a worldwide fleet right now.