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Is Nuclear Energy Worth the Risk?
Transcript of Is Nuclear Energy Worth the Risk?
Is Nuclear Energy Worth the Risk?
What is Nuclear Energy?
There are many risk factors when it comes to nuclear energy. Radiation, explosions, BLACK HOLES, and other reactor accidents.
How can we make this safer?
Statistically, this form of energy is the safest. The only reason of the big worry is because people fear of what CAN happen. Not what already HAS.
The Large Hadron Collider
Nuclear Energy is reliable, albeit pretty dangerous. Nuclear energy plants maintain a reliability of 85-90%.* No other electricity source can match this level of reliability, which brings tremendous benefits to American consumers and businesses.
Nuclear power plants provided 10.9 percent of the world's electricity production in 2012. In 2015, 13 countries relied on nuclear energy to supply at least one-quarter of their total electricity.
Wait hold up. What're black holes??
The biggest risk of all.
The large Hadron Collider has the potential to destroy the world. Incorrect fusing of two atoms can create a black hole. Swallowing the world in seconds.
Everything in this world is made up of atoms. 99% of the mass of these atoms resides in the nucleus. When these atoms are smashed into each other, using a very large machine, they break apart, causing millions of tiny little explosions. These tiny explosions create massive amounts of energy, which are harnessed in The Large Hadron* Collider. This process is called nuclear fission.
*The term hadron refers to composite particles composed of quarks held together by the strong force (as atoms and molecules are held together by the electromagnetic force).
The large Hadron Collider is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world. It is also the largest machine in the world. Its circumference is about 17 Miles (27 Km) around. The LHC is 574 feet underground at its lowest point and is based at the European particle physics laboratory CERN, near Geneva in Switzerland.
How it works
Thousands of magnets of different varieties and sizes are used to direct particle beams (big beams of light containing a whole bunch of atoms) around the accelerator. These include 1,232 dipole magnets 15 meters in length which bend the beams, and 392 quadrupole magnets, each 5–7 meters long, which focus the beams. Just prior to collision, another type of magnet is used to "squeeze" the particles closer together to increase the chances of collisions. The particles are so tiny that the task of making them collide is no easier than firing two needles 7 miles apart with such precision that they meet halfway.
* TNM institute
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Everything looks better with a good ol' explosion. Well, not everything. Unmanned stations, or malfunctioning cooling units can cause reactors to overheat, catch on fire, and explode.
On April 26, 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident happened at the Chernobyl plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, in the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire in the No. 4 reactor sent radioactivity into the atmosphere.
Explosions no doubt can shoot radioactivity into the surrounding area, for miles, but the workers also can face rad. poisoning if they don't take the proper precautions to protect themselves.
A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying.
This is an artist representation of what one looks like.
Basically, black holes destroy everything. Massive stars, planets, even light. Nothing can escape.
So, is Nuclear energy worth the risk?
Yes. It is one of the most beneficial, and (technically) safest. 10.9% of the world is powered by nuclear energy, and to cut that out completely would be to leave a lot of people in the dark.