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Nuclear Science

Fusion is the process by which the Sun and other stars generate light and heat. It is a nuclear process, where energy is produced by smashing together light atoms. It is the opposite reaction to fission, where heavy isotopes are split apart.

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Reactors

Despite their large size, nuclear reactors work just like the hot water heater in your home. The heat produced by fission of enriched uranium fuel is transferred to the water in the tank. Instead of being sent off to heat radiators, the extremely hot water in the power plant is transformed into steam by a generator.

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Powering Space Missions

Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG) are a nuclear technology attached to a spacecraft that supplies power and heating. They have been involved in more than 25 space missions providing power in deep space for Voyager 1 and 2, several Apollo missions, Galileo, and Nimbus.

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Girl Scouts Get to Know Nuclear

The American Nuclear Society has established a nuclear science inspired patch. Get to Know Nuclear and earn your patch today!

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Nuclear Science

Fusion is the process by which the Sun and other stars generate light and heat. It is a nuclear process, where energy is produced by smashing together light atoms. It is the opposite reaction to fission, where heavy isotopes are split apart.

Learn More
 

Reactors

Despite their large size, nuclear reactors work just like the hot water heater in your home. The heat produced by fission of enriched uranium fuel is transferred to the water in the tank. Instead of being sent off to heat radiators, the extremely hot water in the power plant is transformed into steam by a generator.

Learn More
 

Powering Space Missions

Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG) are a nuclear technology attached to a spacecraft that supplies power and heating. They have been involved in more than 25 space missions providing power in deep space for Voyager 1 and 2, several Apollo missions, Galileo, and Nimbus.

Learn More
 

Girl Scouts Get to Know Nuclear

The American Nuclear Society has established a nuclear science inspired patch. Get to Know Nuclear and earn your patch today!

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Infographic

Learn what it would take other electricity generation sources to match the power of a nuclear plant.

A Global Initiative

Nuclear For Climate is a global association of nuclear societies, working together to communicate factual information to the public that nuclear energy is safe, clean and reduces carbon emissions.

Nuclear Science Week

How will you celebrate? Nuclear Science Week is October 17-21, 2016. Learn more about this annual global recognition of the vital role nuclear science plays in our lives and how your community can get involved.

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Growing Irradiated Bean Seeds

Description: What happens to seeds that are exposed to very high levels of radiation? Will they grow normally?    …

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Did You Know? Bookmarks

Grade Level: 5 - 8 These 2 ¼ x 8 inch bookmarks with Did You Know? messages make a perfect…

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Teacher Resource Guide: Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World

Grade Level: 5-12 The ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information is pleased to introduce its new teacher resource…

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Isotope Discovery Kit

Grade Level: 9-12 Shelve the dry textbooks and one-dimensional charts.  You will energize your classroom and make science come alive…

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Energy Action Game

Use this board game to introduce the importance of a balanced energy mix to your students. Players will purchase utilities,…

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Top 10 Things You Love (But Didn’t Know) About Nuclear Technology

Grade Level: 5-12 Nuclear science and technology improves our lives in many ways.  From reliable energy, to improved health care…

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2015 Nuclear Art Contest Winners

  Thank you for participating in the 2015 ANS Nuclear Art & Multimedia Contest. 2015 theme: The World Needs Nuclear…

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Energy Action Game

Use this board game to introduce the importance of a balanced energy mix to your students. Players will purchase utilities,…

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PowerUp

PowerUp Players: 1+ (up to 6 per mission and 50 per planet) Resolution: 1024x768 Developed by: IBM in partnership with…

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Radtown USA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s student-focused radiation website, RadTown, has launched with a new look and feel. This interactive, virtual…

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goREACT

Create virtual chemical reactions with the Museum of Science and Industry's new mobile app!The world is your laboratory!    …

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Brought to you by the team behind the internationally acclaimed educational star gazing app - Star Chart Dare you enter…

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Introduction to Sustainable Energy

As part of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare, the Introduction to Sustainable Energy course assesses current and potential future…

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Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)

A free residential summer camp for high school students (both sites) and science teachers (MSU only). PAN is an outreach…

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