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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.

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How a Nuclear Meltdown Works

It's hard to get beyond Fukushima Daiichi when you think about nuclear meltdowns, but in fact the first one occurred decades ago, in 1969, in Switzerland's Lake Geneva region. How does such a cataclysmic incident occur?


Can the LHC prove string theory?

Can the LHC prove string theory?

String theory is the basic idea that everything in the universe is fundamentally composed of vibrating strings. Can the LHC prove that it's true? See more »

Can supersymmetry and the multiverse both be true simultaneously?

Can supersymmetry and the multiverse both be true simultaneously?

Supersymmetry: the idea that the particles we know about have as-yet-underscovered force partners. Multiverse: exactly what it sounds like. Can they coexist? See more »

Has the LHC found any practical uses for the Higgs boson?

Has the LHC found any practical uses for the Higgs boson?

The Higgs boson has been hailed as a keystone in our understanding of the universe. Find out whether it has practical uses in this article. See more »

How do they keep track of the particles in the LHC?

How do they keep track of the particles in the LHC?

The LHC tracks subatomic particles that rapidly decay. Find out how scientists track particles in the LHC. See more »

5 Discoveries Made By the Large Hadron Collider (So Far)

5 Discoveries Made By the Large Hadron Collider (So Far)

The Large Hadron Collider has discovered a lot more than just the Higgs boson. Read about five of the LHC's biggest discoveries at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How does nuclear waste disposal work?

How does nuclear waste disposal work?

How does nuclear waste disposal work? Keep reading to learn about nuclear waste and how to dispose of it properly. See more »

Nuclear Science Quiz

Nuclear Science Quiz

How much do you know about nuclear science? Test your knowledge and take our Nuclear Science Quiz! See more »

5 Baffling Subatomic Particles

5 Baffling Subatomic Particles

Subatomic particles are the building blocks of atoms, but they continue to baffle scientists. Learn about 5 baffling subatomic particles. See more »

What exactly is the Higgs boson?

What exactly is the Higgs boson?

What exactly is the Higgs boson? Read more about the Higgs boson and why its existence is important in particle physics. See more »

How Uranium Mining Works

How Uranium Mining Works

Uranium mining is key in the creation of nuclear weapons. Learn about uranium mining at HowStuffWorks. See more »