An introduction to nuclear fission

An introduction to the concept of nuclear fission. The inside of a nuclear power station is shown and the make-up of the nuclear reactor is described. It is explained how nuclear fission creates heat to generate electricity. Computer graphics of the nuclear reaction are shown. There is a discussion of the issues surrounding nuclear energy including cancer, the potential for a Chernobyl-type disaster and the production of nuclear waste that cannot yet be safely disposed of.

Release date: 06 Aug 2012

6 minutes

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