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From: Max Lietzen <mlietzen@*******.COM>
Subject: Narcoject, thermonuclear physics, magic and YOU!
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 14:29:58 CDT
> What about ceramic darts for use with acid.
> or small amouts of radioactive materials for a miniture thermonuclear
> divice.

>Nuclear, no way jimmo. You need to achieve "critical mass" to have a
>reaction, i.e. the total coefficient of the "four factor" equation
>needs to be more than 1. meaning that you need at least one reusable
>neutron for every used neutron. SInce neutrons (both fast and slow)
>tend to escape, this means that unless you find a really new cool
>mumbojumbo transuranic stabile (oximoron in itself) element, you're
>stuck to making bombs more (or, more often, a little less) than 1/2
>cube metre in volume, i.e. about the mean path for slow neutrons in
>stabile fissile elements. This is actually more complicated, but the
>core is this: nuclear devices cannot really be very small unless you
>in some way warp the fundamental laws of nature.

> "Doktor" Paolo Falco, Explorer

"Warp the fundament laws of nature? No problem! Been doing that since I
expressed the Magi Factor at about age eleven! Now, what was your
problem?" --Sarcastic Mage, name unknown

Could magic fix the neutron escape? Maybe a sort of slow spell
surrounding the element or a speed spell to reduce the size of the path.
That or a spell to stabilize a "new cool transuranic stabile element".
Of course, the mixture of magic and tech like this would make it about
as common as a negative essence.

--Gulo gulo

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