Fission--at the root of it
Nuclear power is not going away any time soon, but will it thrive in the future? This slideshow will show new nuclear reactor designs to improve safety and lower costs. All of them have one thing in common: nuclear fission, or splitting radioactive elements like uranium to set off a chain reaction. Splitting atoms gives off heat, which plant operators use to make steam and turn a turbine to generate electricity.
March 10, 2012 4:00 AM PST
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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