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Nuclear Energy

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Explains the science behind the workings of a nuclear power station. The basic version explores what fission is; the role of cooling water in nuclear reactors; the nuclear fuel cycle on mining, milling, enrichment, fabrication, and spent fuel on storage and reprocessing; and other uses of nuclear energy, including "non-power" uses. The advanced version expands on this information with a specific example of a fission reaction; the use of water to vary reactor power; different methods of mining uranium; a detailed discussion of enrichment, including structure and properties of uranium hexafluoride; and two methods of enrichment: centrifuging and gas diffusion. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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Runtime: 27 minutes 18 seconds

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