How Nuclear Power Works – Published Jul 27, 2010 Updated Jan 29, 2014

Here’s a real simple history and explanation of what nuclear power is about and what a DumbAss idea it ever was to create nuclear reactors to BOIL FUCKIN’ WATER – Let me say that AGAIN – to boil water. One more time.. an entire BILLIONS of DOLLARS HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE PLANT to BOIL WATER!!  Hell I can boil water with a giant magnifying glass that takes NO URANIUM and produces NO RADIATION and takes NO OUTSIDE POWER TO RUN IT.. Ya got it??.. 

THE HALF-LIFE OF URANIUM-235 (the fuel used in nuclear reactors today) IS 4.5 BILLION YEARS. A “HALF LIFE” IS THE TIME IT TAKES FOR A PIECE OF URANIUM TO LOSE “HALF” OF IT’S RADIOACTIVITY!!! We now have 67MILLION TONS of high; medium and low level Uranium Fuel Waste products sitting all over the US right now – and we’re adding to that total at a rate of 2MILLION TONS per year with NO WHERE TO PUT IT!!!!

Principles of nuclear power

Atoms are constructed like miniature solar systems. At the center of the atom is the nucleus; orbiting around it are electrons.

The nucleus is composed of protons and neutrons, very densely packed together. Hydrogen, the lightest element, has one proton; the heaviest natural element, uranium, has 92 protons.

The nucleus of an atom is held together with great force, the “strongest force in nature.” When bombarded with a neutron, it can be split apart, a process called fission (pictured to the right). Because uranium atoms are so large, the atomic force that binds it together is relatively weak, making uranium good for fission.

In nuclear power plants, neutrons collide with uranium atoms, splitting them. This split releases neutrons from the uranium that in turn collide with other atoms, causing a chain reaction. This chain reaction is controlled with “control rods” that absorb neutrons.

In the core of nuclear reactors, the fission of uranium atoms releases energy that heats water to about 520 degrees Farenheit. This hot water is then used to spin turbines that are connected to generators, producing electricity.

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