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Japan Returns To Nuclear Energy After An Almost Two-Year Hiatus

For the last two years, Japan’s nuclear sector had been completely halted in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. But this week, for the first time, the government is rebooting a reactor for the long term, despite public opposition.

Here Are 3 Reasons Why Nuclear Energy Is Really Bad For Us

This video explainer by Kurz Gesagt focuses on why nuclear energy is actually terrible and something we should stop using because it’s so bad. The reasons are pretty obvious: nuclear energy leads to nuclear bombs, nuclear waste is really dangerous and nuclear accidents and disasters are catastrophic.

3 Reasons Why Nuclear Energy Is Actually Awesome

Nuclear energy is great! Nuclear energy is terrible! There are two sides to the argument and Kurz Gesagt is breaking down both perspectives with point/counterpoint video explainers. The three reasons why nuclear energy is awesome and why we need more? It saves lives. It helps the environment. And that using it could develop new tech to solve its problems.

Video Explainer: What Is Nuclear Energy And Why We Don't Have More Of It

Our ability to harness nuclear energy has existed for quite a while now and yet nuclear energy is only responsible for providing 10 per cent of the world’s energy. There are 439 nuclear reactors spread across 31 countries with 160 more reactors planned for the future and yet nuclear energy has stagnated since the ’80s. What gives?

Rare Project Photos Show The Birth Of The Atomic Age

The US Department Of Energy posted 21 photos onto its Flickr page a few weeks ago about Chicago Pile-1, the site of the first human-made, self-sustaining nuclear reaction, located in Chicago.

Editorial From 1925 Predicted Decline Of Coal, Rise Of Atomic Energy

Coal has been keeping our lights on and our houses warm for centuries. But coal’s inherent messiness — both in mining it and burning it — has always been a problem. So it’s no surprise that many people today advocate for cleaner alternatives. What may come as a surprise, however, is that some people were dreaming of a cleaner energy future nearly a century ago.

Charting How We Talk About Our Nuclear Age

In the storied history of human language, the idea of nuclear energy has been around for less than a blink of an eye. But even in that relatively short time, the way we’ve discussed all things nuclear has evolved dramatically.

Bill Gates's New Mission: Zero CO2 Emissions

At the TED Conference last year Bill Gates unleashed a swarm of mosquitoes to demonstrate a point about malaria. This year, he’s taking on CO2 in a big way. And he brought fireflies.

192 Laser Beams Combined To Form One Megajoule Laser Shot

The folks at the national Ignition Facility decided to demonstrate fusion by focusing the energy of 192 super powerful lasers onto a tiny target. Well, they certainly proved their concept by producing a one megajoule laser shot. Yeah, that’s pretty powerful.

Thorium, The Next Uranium

Wired has a fairly epic look into a material that could make nuclear power both clean and safe called thorium – named after the Norse god of thunder. Of course, scientists recognised its promise back in the 1950s.

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