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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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What exactly is the Higgs boson?

Who wants to reduce our complicated universe down to its simplest building blocks? A bunch of particle physicists, that's who. Why is the Higgs boson critical to that goal?


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 »

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 »

How Radiation Sickness Works

 How Radiation Sickness Works

Radiation sickness can be terrifying, painful and -- in some cases -- fatal. Learn about the causes and symptoms of radiation sickness. See more »

How Radioactive Cleanup Works

 How Radioactive Cleanup Works

Radioactive cleanup is a dangerous but important task following a nuclear disaster. Learn how radioactive cleanup works. See more »

 How a Nuclear Meltdown Works

Nuclear meltdowns can be scary, but it's important to understand what causes them. Learn about how nuclear meltdowns work. See more »

How a Nuclear Reactor Works

 How a Nuclear Reactor Works

Over the years, nuclear reactors have been viewed as both a miracle and a menace. How does a nuclear reactor do its job? See more »