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Buy a rare earth element Thorium

  1. Jan 15, 2010 #1
    I've been searching around on Google for a place to buy a rare earth element, specifically Thorium (.5 to 1 kilograms), and have been unsuccessful. Are there any sites that I can go to that would sell it, or has this type of commodity become unavailable to the average person due to possible destructive intentions?
     
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    ok - curious


    What do you want it for?
     
  4. Jan 15, 2010 #3
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    Haha a fair enough question. I just want to own some thorium, its not supposed to be radioactive enough to harm a person
     
  5. Jan 15, 2010 #4

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    Not a good enough reason. Why do you really want it?
     
  6. Jan 15, 2010 #5
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    haha
    I felt the same way about (d-lysergic acid diethylamide) LSD

    Nice to have. Never mind why I want it. You don't need to know. :)
     
  7. Jan 15, 2010 #6
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    Why do you want so much of it?
     
  8. Jan 15, 2010 #7

    berkeman

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    Re-read the rules before making comments like those:

     
  9. Jan 15, 2010 #8

    cronxeh

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    Well now it is not a 'dangerous' chemical.. Granted 1 kilo could probably be used in a dirty bomb, but as an investment opportunity? In the future Thorium could be used as nuclear fuel, and prices could go up I suppose.

    Personally I would love to own some chemicals.. Gold, platinum, titanium, tungsten.. Nothing like a 'hey baby wanna check out my Tungsten rod?' as a pickup line
     
  10. Jan 15, 2010 #9

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    From wikipedia:

     
  11. Jan 15, 2010 #10
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    i think i remember seeing one of those mystery shows where a chemist was murdering people with Thorium. you probably shouldn't have any laying around.
     
  12. Jan 15, 2010 #11

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  14. Jan 15, 2010 #13

    cronxeh

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    Being on a watch list does not translate to a warrant for your arrest, neither does it make you guilty of breaking any laws. This is, after all, a free country, and if a man wants to own a jar of Thorium-232 for poops and giggles, he has a right to.
     
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  15. Jan 15, 2010 #14
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    might make it hard to fly.
     
  16. Jan 15, 2010 #15
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    Thorium was once a component of lantern mantles. Then it became radioactive, and is no longer a component of lantern mantles.

    Old lantern mantles can by identified with a Geiger counter.

    Really olde mantles can be identified with a Geiger-Müller detector.
     
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  17. Jan 15, 2010 #16
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    huh, it seems that those are OK, provided that quantities are not over 2g. even less for other sources.

    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part040/part040-0013.html
     
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  18. Jan 16, 2010 #17
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    Hmm...ok. I didn't know that 1 kilo was enough to do anything with.
     
  19. Jan 16, 2010 #18
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    If you just wanted some to have it, why do you need so much? I saw plenty of websites where you could get some foil or wire.
     
  20. Jan 16, 2010 #19
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    I was thinking more along the lines of long term investment.
     
  21. Jan 16, 2010 #20
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    Beats keeping your money in a bank, which decreases in value. And that tiny fraction of nothing they give you as interest isn't worthy of being called a joke.
     
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