Nuclear power is about as popular as a three-eyed fish, but it still provides 10% of the world's electricity (and double that percentage in America). So how bad IS this stuff? And is there a possible future in which nuclear power provides almost ALL of the world's energy? (Spoiler: there is!)
Join the boys for an irradiated romp through the science, history, and future of nuclear power.
In this epidode:
- Don't call it "nucular"
- Statistics etc.
- A nuclear reactor is a steam engine
- Components of a fission reactor
- Splitting the Adam (atom)
- Nuclear rods
- Uranium-235 and chain reactions
- Cadmium control rods
- History of nuclear power
- Willhelm Rontgen
- Marie Curie
- Ernest Rutherford
- Albert Einstein
- Enrico Fermi
- The Manhattan Project
- The Atomic Energy Commission
- Chicago Pile 1
- Experimental Breeder Reactor 1
- Nuclear Submarines
- Nuclear meltdowns (Chernobyl, 3-Mile Island, Fukushima)
- Nuclear waste "mishaps"
- The future of nuclear energy
- Nuclear fusion
- States of matter
quark- glucagon plasma
- Deuterium-Tritium reaction (D-T)
- Plasma containment: magnets
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor.
- Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
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