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.


Quantum Theory

Quantum Theory, the theory that radiant energy is emitted (given off) and absorbed in units, or quanta, rather than in a steady stream.

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  • How Nuclear Medicine Works
    How Nuclear Medicine Works

    Nuclear materials get used in many forms of nuclear medicine -- everything from PET scans to chemotherapy uses them. Learn how nuclear medicine works. See more »

  • How Nuclear Power Works
    How Nuclear Power Works

    On one hand, nuclear power offers a clean energy alternative that decreases fossil fuel dependence. On the other, it summons images of quake-ruptured Japanese power plants belching radioactive steam. What happens in reactors in good times and bad? See more »

  • How Nuclear Radiation Works
    How Nuclear Radiation Works

    Nuclear radiation can be extremely beneficial or extremely harmful -- it all depends on how it's used. Learn what nuclear radiation is all about. See more »

  • How Radiation Sickness Works
    How Radiation Sickness Works

    We're all exposed to tiny levels of radiation, but a blast of it can leave you in agony -- that is, if it doesn't kill you outright. What is it, what causes it and how can we treat it? See more »

  • How Radiation Works
    How Radiation Works

    In the comics, radiation exposure turned an average man into a pea green and angry Incredible Hulk. But in reality, what can radiation do to those exposed? Is it always a villain? See more »

  • How Radioactive Cleanup Works
    How Radioactive Cleanup Works

    It's lunchtime, and you've spastically spilled soda all over your desk. Chances are you could tackle that mess faster than we could say "Mr. Clean." What do you do though when the spill is radioactive? See more »

  • How the Manhattan Project Worked
    How the Manhattan Project Worked

    Dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended World War II. How did the most powerful weapon in the world get developed? It started with the Manhattan Project. See more »

  • How the Nuclear Arms Race Works
    How the Nuclear Arms Race Works

    The detonation of the world's first nuclear bomb ushered in the atomic age. It also amplified tensions between countries and sparked an era in which nations scrambled for power and seemed headed toward catastrophe. See more »

  • How Uranium Mining Works
    How Uranium Mining Works

    Thanks to our voracious appetite for energy, the element long linked with nuclear weapons is taking on a new role. Where does the hunt begin for uranium? See more »

  • Nuclear Science Quiz
    Nuclear Science Quiz

    Want to learn about the Large Hadron Collider? Do you know which item of clothing was named after an event in nuclear physics? Take the quiz, and the gaps in your knowledge will get smaller, and smaller. And smaller. And smaller… See more »

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