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Old August 30th, 2005, 04:11 PM
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Another thread has got me thinking about nuclear damper technology applications.

It has already been established that a nuclear damper can reduce the effects of radioactivity in an area, but according to Book 4 Mercenary, a nuclear damper can either increase or decrease the stability of atomic nuclei, so can a nuclear damper then be used to increase the amount of radioactivity in an area? It would seem so. How would this affect the realm of area denial weapons? Would this become the new version of "salting of the Earth" as fleets who are retreating from worlds use their dampers to cause large tracts of farmlands or civilian urbanities to become radioactively contaminated so that the enemy could not use them? Would this be a weapon of choice for Virus in TNE to scour a world free of life?

How does this effect manufacturing? If you only have a limited supply of an element, could you find an abundant element close to the one you don't have on a chart of nuclides and then use a series of nuclear dampers to "cook" it until you have the element that you need? How would this effect economies? Shortfalls of strategic materials becomes more of a question of time and energy now for resource availability.

Jeez, why didn't I think of this crap before...
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