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.
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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? And what happens when something goes wrong?

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  • 5 Baffling Subatomic Particles

    5 Baffling Subatomic Particles

    Batman and particle physicists have a lot in common. While Batman brawls with anarchist clowns and mutated ecoterrorists, CERN scientists chase down their own notable adversaries. Get to know five of them. 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 isn't just a one-trick (Higgs) pony. Find out what else has happened where hundreds of millions of particles may collide any given second. See more »

  • Alpha, Beta or Gamma? It's the Nuclear Radiation Quiz

    Alpha, Beta or Gamma? It's the Nuclear Radiation Quiz

    We live in a radioactive world, and we're not just talking about the times when a nuclear plant is melting down and scaring the heck out of us. How much do you know about the ABGs (or alphas, betas and gammas) of nuclear radiation? See more »

  • Are you a subatomic superstar?

    Are you a subatomic superstar?

    If you're thinking, "Uh-oh, I know very little about subatomic particles," don't just click away in a panic. Learn more about our subatomic particle pals with this quiz, and then use your know-how to impress others. See more »

  • Can people get poisoned by indirect exposure to polonium-210?

    Can people get poisoned by indirect exposure to polonium-210?

    British authorities have found traces of polonium-210 in at least five buildings and three British Airways jets since Alexander Litvinenko fell ill. 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 »

  • 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 »

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

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

    When scientists announced that the Large Hadron Collider had found evidence of the Higgs boson, we cried right along with elated physicists everywhere. But ... then what? 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? And what happens when something goes wrong? See more »

  • How Atom Smashers Work

    How Atom Smashers Work

    Atom smashers tell us about the fundamental structure of matter, the forces holding it together and the origins of the universe. Discover how scientists use particle accelerators to break atoms apart to learn about the nature of reality. See more »

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