Well...did you know that...?


  • A single uranium fuel pellet the size of a fingertip contains as much energy as 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas, 1,780 pounds of coal or 149 gallons of oil.
  • As of March 1, 2011, there were 443 operating nuclear power reactors spread across the planet in 47 different countries.
  • Nuclear material is used for many things besides nuclear power:
    • To detect and treat certain illnesses
    • To perform research at universities
    • To help in industries for such things as locating cracks in steel, getting rid of dust from film and even measuring the amount of air whipped into ice cream!
  • Uranium-235 decays naturally by alpha radiation: It throws off an alpha particle, or two neutrons and two protons bound together
  • The decay of a single uranium-235 atom releases approximately 200 MeV (million electron volts).

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What Nuclear Power Plants Do for Us

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