Nuclear Science

Nuclear science is the study of sub-atomic particles and their application in various disciplines. Here you can learn about nuclear power plants, atomic theory and radiation.


Fukushima Radiation Readings Are Extremely High … But Let's Not Freak Out

New data shows extremely high radiation levels inside one of the reactor containment vessels. Are post-tsunami radiation levels spiking? Not so fast …

10 Reasons the Multiverse Is a Real Possibility

In 1957, Hugh Everett first wrote about the multiverse — different realms where every choice spawns a separate universe in which another version of ourselves does something different. It sounds crazy, but here are some reasons it might be true.

30 Years After Chernobyl, Wildlife Thrives

The site of the largest nuclear accident in history is now home to diverse wildlife. Can studying the animals help researchers discover how radiation affects us all?

Large Hadron Collider's Spring Break Finally Ending

One of the world's most complex devices is gearing up again for some serious collisions.

Is Fusion Fact or Fantasy?

Early fusion reactor experiments ran into a big problem: It took more energy to get fusion started than was produced by the fusion itself.

Where do they get the particles for accelerators?

When physicists want accelerator particles, they head to OK Quark, answer questions about what they're looking for, and hope for a match. Nah, wait … that's not it at all.

What is supersymmetry?

Of all the superheroes we have in the universe, supersymmetry might be the one that will save us from total annihilation. Not because it fights bad guys, but because it just might explain how the tiniest parts of the cosmos work.

What is the multiverse?

Want to see two physicists fight? Ask them what they think about the multiverse. Isn't it time you formed an opinion, too?

What does the Higgs boson look like?

When something as important as the Higgs rocks our world, we want to know every last thing about it, including what it looks like. So?

Why is the LHC 27 kilometers in circumference?

Twenty-seven kilometers is more than five 5K races. Most humans aren't interested in running that much, so why do a bunch of speeding protons require that considerable distance?