Nuclear Power And Nuclear Energy

1016 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Nuclear energy is not the most talked about debate, but one of the most important because of the impact it has on the future of the earth. It has grown to be one of the leading sources of energy in Europe. The U.S. does not use nuclear energy as much, but are looking to add ore nuclear power plants. The way nuclear energy is formed is through a long process that starts by splitting an atom. The first people to do so were the German scientists, Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn. After their study along with other scientists, the first nuclear power plant was made. Though most reasons for nuclear energy are positive, the negative outcomes are costly, resulting in death, debt, and destruction. The history behind nuclear energy runs all the way back to 1930. This is when all of the research started, and scientists discovered there were two parts of an atom; a proton and neutron, which made up the majority of the mass of the atom. However, it wasn’t until eight years later that the tree German scientists Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner, and Fritz strassman, discovered they could split a uranium atom by overloading it with neurons. In 1942, Enrico Fermi of Italy noticed the fission of the uranium atom gave off more neutrons, which in return split other uranium atoms, starting a chain reaction. This science was used to create the atomic bomb, which made the Japanese surrender in World War II. This was the first use of nuclear fission. It was later used to make energy in the first ever power…

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