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March Cafe

Monday, 5th March 2012 at 7pm in the bar of The Showroom
Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs) - Can put the Pride back into
British Manufacturing.

Colin Megson
The UK's 'New Nuclear' will all come from foreign-made Pressurised
Water Reactors, which operate at 150 atmospheres of pressure,
requiring 70 foot long forged-steel pressure vessels, with 8 inch
thick walls, sourced from one Japanese manufacturer. LFTRs operate at
atmospheric pressure and there are several companies in the UK that
could be part of the manufacturing supply chain. LFTRs are uniquely
safe because only gravity acts on the liquid core, which flows into
safely configured drain tanks in the event of an accident. You could
put the reactor vessel under the centre-spot at Hillsborough and not
endanger a capacity crowd
Our Friends at Sheffield Theatres have something of interest:
In 1941, at the height of the Second World War, two old friends meet
for the last time. Niels Bohr, the leading quantum theorist of the
time, half Jewish but remaining in occupied Copenhagen; Werner
Heisenberg, a German and the former protégé of Bohr, working for his
country on a new project. On opposing sides, these two men have the
ability to change the course of history.

This Tony Award-winning play is an intriguing and powerful exploration
of the uncertainty of the past and the inevitability of the future
told through a story based on actual historic events