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Nuclear Energy

nuclear reaction is a reaction that changes the nucleus of an atom. In other words, the number of protons and/or neutrons is changed as a result of a nuclear reaction.So what does this have to do with energy? The answer is simple and yet, amazingly profound. Nuclear reactions release energy. That statement is so important, I'll repeat it. Nuclear reactions release energy, and they release a lot of it! There are two types of nuclear reactions. Fission occurs when large nuclei are split into smaller fragments. Fusion occurs when small nuclei are put together to make a bigger one. Here's the amazing thing. Either way - whether it's fusion or fission - energy is released as a result of the nuclear reaction.

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Nuclear Energy

Nuclear power plants use “nuclear fission” (the process of splitting an atom in two). “Nuclear fusion” (the process of combining atoms into one) has the potential to be safer but has not yet been developed to operate within a large power plant.Nuclear energy comes from uranium, a nonrenewable resource that must be mined.Every 18 to 24 months, a power plant must shut down to remove its spent uranium fuel, which becomes radioactive waste.Nuclear power plants generate about 20% of U.S. electricity.Nuclear energy is being used in more than 30 countries around the world and even powers Mars rovers.

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