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Diagram of Thorium, an alternative fissionable element suitable for nuclear energy production.

Diagram of Thorium, an alternative fissionable element suitable for nuclear energy production.

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Infographic: Based on data obtained from the OECD Factbook 2011, Science Omega details the extent to which different countries are utilising nuclear energy...

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Scientists from the UK claim to have discovered a way to turn nuclear waste into batteries that last for 5000 years. Physicists & chemists from the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute said they’d found that the carbon used to hold nuclear rods in power plants can be turned into diamonds, which act like ultra-long-lasting batteries. The team also claimed the "diamond batteries" – which are encased inside of diamonds for safety – are not dangerous & emit less nuclear radiation than a…

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The fission process often produces free neutrons and photons (in the form of gamma rays which can cause cancer), and releases a very large amount of energy even by the energetic standards of radioactive decay. In nuclear physics, nuclear fusion is a nuclear reaction in which two or more atomic nuclei collide at a very high speed and join to form a new type of atomic nucleus. #Glogster #Fusion #Fission

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How Nuclear Power Works

In order to turn nuclear fission into electrical energy, nuclear power plant operators have to control the energy given off by the enriched uranium and allow it to heat water into steam. Enriched uranium typically is formed into inch-long (2.5-centimeter-long) pellets, each with approximately the same diameter as a dime. Next, the pellets are arranged into long rods, and the rods are collected together into bundles. The bundles are submerged in water inside a pressure vessel.

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New generation of nuclear reactors could consume radioactive waste as fuel

New generation of nuclear reactors could consume radioactive waste as fuel - The new 'fast' plants could provide enough low-carbon electricity to power the UK for more than 500 years

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