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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 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?


Image Gallery: Nuclear Meltdown Disasters

 Image Gallery: Nuclear Meltdown Disasters

Nuclear meltdown disasters raise concerns about the technology's safety. See pictures of some of the most catastrophic nuclear meltdown disasters. See more »

Image Gallery: Inside a Nuclear Power Plant

 Image Gallery: Inside a Nuclear Power Plant

Are you wondering how nuclear power plants work? Tour the inside of a nuclear power plant with these pictures to learn more about this technology. See more »

How Japan's Nuclear Crisis Works

 How Japan's Nuclear Crisis Works

Japan's nuclear crisis involved the failure of multiple safety measures. Learn how Japan's nuclear crisis works. See more »

What would nuclear winter be like?

 What would nuclear winter be like?

Nuclear winter occurs after the detonation of nuclear weapons -- it's a grim scenario. Learn about the nuclear winter forecast and predictions it'll happen. See more »

How Radiation Works

 How Radiation Works

Radiation is a loaded word. Believe it or not, not all radiation is bad for your health. Learn which radiation is deadly and which isn't deadly. See more »

How the Nuclear Arms Race Works

 How the Nuclear Arms Race Works

The nuclear arms race was a frantic era in which several nations tested nuclear technology and stockpiled warheads. Read about the nuclear arms race. See more »

How easy is it to steal a nuclear bomb?

 How easy is it to steal a nuclear bomb?

How easy is it to steal a nuclear bomb? Russia has reported hundreds of attempted smuggling incidents. Decide how easy is it to steal a nuclear bomb. See more »

How the Manhattan Project Worked

 How the Manhattan Project Worked

The Manhattan Project was the code name used for the secret plan to develop nuclear weapons by the United States. Learn more about the Manhattan Project. 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 »

What's a uranium centrifuge?

 What's a uranium centrifuge?

Iran has announced its activation of a second set of uranium centrifuges. These machines are at the core of the uranium-enrichment process. Find out where the centrifuge fits into the equation. See more »