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What is Nuclear Energy?

General Knowledge | 6-13 yrs | Animation, Video

10 Quick Facts about Nuclear Energy

  1. Nuclear energy is the energy amassed in the nucleus of an atom. Nuclear energy is liberated when a nucleus splits apart (fission) or fuses with another (fusion).
  2. Nuclear power uses fission to generate heat and electricity.
  3. The United States, Japan and France are the largest producers of nuclear power.
  4. Nuclear power provides more than 14% of the world’s electricity.
  5. Till date only two nuclear weapons have been used as part of warfare, one in Hiroshima and the other in Nagasaki.
  6. The Sun produces a huge amount of energy from its nuclear reactions that convert hydrogen into helium.
  7. So far, there have been three big nuclear power plant disasters: the Three Mile Island accident (1979), the Chernobyl disaster (1986), and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (2011).
  8. Research suggests that a person receives five times as much radiation in a lifetime by sitting in front of the television or computer as he or she would from residing near a nuclear power station.
  9. Nuclear medicine uses radioactive isotopes to diagnose, and treat diseases. Doctors use radiotherapy to treat many medical conditions, especially cancer.
  10. During the Middle Ages, craftspeople used Uranium, today’s nuclear fuel, to colour glass yellow or green.

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