If you've ever studied physics, watched a nuclear science documentary or space show, you may have heard the term critical mass. This term describes the point in which a chain reaction will trigger. Nuclear fission power has the potential to unlock practically limitless power. A materials energy density
describes the amount of energy locked inside the mass of the material. The energy density of plutonium more than 2 million times more energy dense than diesel fuel, for instance. Plutonium is more than 100 million times more powerful than a Duracell battery. Plutonium
is a notorious radioactive chemical element. Plutonium releases a massive amount of electromagnetic and kinetic energy during the fission process. The fission process is triggered by a reaction known as critical mass. This reaction is the magic behind fission energy. Plutonium's critical mass is measured at 6kg. A nuclear chain reaction
is triggered when a chemical element reaches critical mass. Fission chain reactions are self-sustaining. When the number of neutrons released in a given time exceeds the number of neutrons lost by absorption in nonfissionable material or escape from the system. With great power comes great responsibility, and nuclear fission offers immense amounts of power. This energy can and has been weaponised since the dawn of the nuclear age.
What's the connection?
How can this technical science be related to crytpo? 2021 has turned out to be a very special year in the crypto space. This year is the first in which every day companies and traditional financial institutions began to take crypto seriously, rather than treat it like some bizarre curiosity or toy. Now the market is seen as a place to invest and profit as well as build quality infrastructure for financial services. Companies such as Tesla and Microstrategy have leaped into the space, buying up large amounts of Bticoin. There are thousands of other companies that silently invested in crypto. At the time of writing, 72% of all circulated BTC are held by only 2% of existing wallets. So, in essence, the current market is largely comprised of whales, often exchange cold wallets. But in reality, we see massive movement in the retail sector.