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 » Science Physics

Most nuclear fuel is stored in steel-lined, concrete pools filled with water, as stated by the Nuclear Energy Institute. Some of the nuclear energy facilities that store the nation's nuclear energy also use airtight stee... More » Science Physics Thermodynamics

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 » Science Physics Particle Physics
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