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Nuclear energy provides power, heat and electricity by splitting atoms in a process called nuclear fission. The heat produced by fission creates steam that powers the turbines, thus generating electricity. Nuclear energy... More »

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According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, nuclear power offers the ability to generate large amounts of energy from a relatively tiny amount of fuel, without releasing carbon dioxide and other air pollutants r... More »

There are two types of nuclear energy: fission and fusion. Fission occurs when a single atom is split, releasing a burst of energy and particles. Fusion occurs when two atoms combine to form one or more new atoms. Fissio... More »

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Nuclear plants use a process called fission to generate enough energy to boil large amounts of water and turn it into steam. The steam then spins turbines that generate electricity, which utility companies distribute to ... More »

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Nuclear power stations generate electricity through the fission, or splitting, of uranium atoms inside the reactor core, which generates extreme amounts of heat. The core is surrounded with water, which boils due to the ... More »

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Nuclear fission was discovered in 1938 by two German scientists, Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann. In 1939, it was explained theoretically by Lise Meitner and Otto Robert Frisch. More »

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Nuclear energy is produced in much the same way that electricity is produced by other power plants; the splitting of atoms creates heat, turning water into steam, and then the pressure of the steam turns the generator wi... More »