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This category is related to the technological and safety aspects of the production of useful energy released by the fission of heavy nucleus.
In the nuclear fission process, the nucleus of an atom splits into two smaller atoms (fission products). This occurs naturally in radioactive elements (radioactive decay), but it can be induced artificially by making fissionable atoms absorb free neutrons.
This causes the nucleus to become unstable and makes it split apart. The fission process yields two smaller atoms, energy and several fast neutrons. Therefore, under certain conditions, the reaction can become self sustaining. This is called a chain reaction, or nuclear criticality.
A nuclear reactor is an apparatus in which nuclear fission chain reactions are initiated, controlled, and sustained at a steady rate.
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U.S. NRC: Students' Corner - Nuclear energy tutorial from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Includes nuclear background, reactor design, radiation, emergency planning, decommissioning and related issues. Canadian Nuclear FAQ - Unofficial and privately-maintained list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding CANDU reactors and nuclear power generation in Canada. Includes technical and waste management information, costs and benefits study, safety and non-proliferation issues. The Virtual Nuclear Tourist - Information about the nuclear industry around the world. Provides a huge photo resource and good introduction for all age levels to learn about all aspects of nuclear technology. One Nuclear Place (1NP) - Comprehensive guide to nuclear energy. Includes news from the Associated Press (AP) and general information on nuclear issues. Nuclear Energy - Comprehensive information resource and links on nuclear energy, fuel fabrication, reactor theory and implications. IAEA: International Nuclear Information System (INIS) - Information system on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology. Provides a bibliographic database with abstracts and a collection of full texts. Nuclear Engineering International - Independent provider of news and articles for the nuclear power industry. Includes newsletter service, international event program, publications and contact information. Nuclear Energy Student Programs at Argonne National Laboratory - Information and internship opportunities in nuclear energy research and development. Includes useful links, downloadable documents, multimedia. World Nuclear News (WNN) - News and information service supported by the World Nuclear Association and the World Nuclear University.
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