The Uses of Nuclear Energy: By Satish


When we as people think of Nuclear Energy, a lot of us think of bombs and the radiation. But there are so many different ways that it can be used to make a positive change in the world! In the medical field of science, doctors can use Nuclear Energy to help cure sicknesses and disease all over the world and it can assist the research that people do at Universities. Industries can use the energy to do things such as detect tiny cracks in steel, get rid of dust from film and even measure how much air is whipped into ice-cream! Nuclear Energy is also used as a very efficient source of electricity. About 20% of the electricity produced in the United States, comes from Nuclear Energy! Nuclear reactors create the electricity produced, by releasing heat at a controlled rate.

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A button of U-235
A button of U-235
Nuclear Energy comes from fission, so modern day Nuclear Power Plants use Uranium to produce electricity because their atoms can be split apart pretty easily. Just 1 truck of Uranium can produce about as much energy as 1,000 trucks of oils! But Nuclear Power Plants use a rather certain Uranium as a fuel., called U-235. U-235 is an efficient source because it naturally decays from radiation. Even though Uranium and U-235 are nearly the same thing, the price of U-235 is usually higher than regular Uranium. Uranium is about $50 per pound, and U-235 costs about $165 per kilogram. Although the prices may be high, the uses of the fuels will be effective.


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Nuclear Power Plant
Nuclear Power Plant



For an interesting Video on the uses of Nuclear Energy, please visit:
http://www.savevid.com/video/what-is-nuclear-energy-used-for.html





















Resources:
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/basic-ref/students.html
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=nuclear_home-basics
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter13.html
http://library.thinkquest.org/20331/types/fusion
http://library.thinkquest.org/20331/types/fission/
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http://wanttoknowit.com/advantages-of-nuclear-power/
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