NUCLEAR POWER GENERATION HAS EXPERIENCED A ROLLER COASTER RIDE OF DEVELOPMENT AND DOUBT

BY KEITH NUTHALL, EMMA JACKSON and ALAN OSBORN

Although today's nuclear technology is used primarily to produce electricity, meeting about 14.2% of the world's demand, the birth of nuclear power, like many technologies, was not intended for civilian use. Rather, it was used to harness a militaristic advantage at the onset of the Second World War. In only 44 years, nuclear research had evolved from French physicist Antoine Becquerel's discovery of radiation in 1895 to the first tests of nuclear fission, a chain of atomic reactions that releases large ...


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