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Nuclear Energy
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Nuclear technology uses the energy from nuclear reactions for peaceful or military purposes. It is released when heavy nuclei (e.g. Uranium 235, Plutonium 239) are split (fission energy) or light atoms (Nuclear physics) are fused (e.g. production of helium from hydrogen: fusion energy). The potential for production of nuclear energy arises from the greater stability of moderately heavy atoms in comparison to atoms with higher or lower atomic weights.

The possibility of splitting atomic nuclei was discovered in Berlin in 1938 by Otto Hahn, Lise Meit…

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Meyer-Abich, Klaus Michael, “Nuclear Energy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11487>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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