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Nuclear Bathtub Full of Controversy

Mon, 11/26/2007 - 5:57am

hyperion-LProductive Product: What if nuclear power were mass-produced in portable battery-like containers? That's the mission of Hyperion Power Generation, a start-up based on the research of Los Alamos National Labs scientist Otis Perterson. The bathtub-sized device with no moving parts could power 25,000 homes for five years, and Hyperion is poised to build 4,000 around the year 2012, according to the alternative newsweekly Santa Fe Reporter. The catch is, if it's that small and really works, then what happends when a reactor inevitably gets lost or stolen? Portable nuclear power had its place in Cold War-era comic books and sci-fi, but today's world political climate may prevent it from being commercialized. (Note: external links open in new windows.)

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