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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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In a nuclear reactor, a moderator is mixed with the uranium fuel to slow down the fast neutrons to the speed of thermal neutrons, which enables fission to occur in a controlled nuclear chain reaction. Most of the nuclear... More »

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Physicists Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard hold the first patent for a nuclear reactor. The patent was published in 1955, although the invention was based on work the two did in 1938 concerning atomic bombardment of uranium... More »

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