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    The invention of nuclear weapons and the race to make them, changed the way that other countries dealt with each other and their foreign policy. The process of the arms race and the science behind it was one of the factors of the cold war and tensions between countries. When Otto Hahn set up an experiment to fire an electron into an uranium atom, little did he know that that would set off a chain reaction, pun intended, that would that would end with the world shaken and countries with weapons

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    Uranium/ special nuclear material

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    MATERIA L "Special nuclear material" (SNM) is defined by Title I of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as plutonium, uranium-233, or uranium enriched in the isotopes uranium-233 or uranium-235. In 1789, Uranium was discovered in the mineral called pitchblende, by a German chemist named Martin Klaproth. It was named after the planet Uranus, which had been discovered eight years earlier. Uranium-233 and plutonium are formed in nuclear reactors because they do not occur naturally. It has to be taken from highly

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    The Argument For Nuclear Energy

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    “You don’t ban the beneficial uses of a technology just because that same technology can be used for evil. Otherwise we would never have harnessed fire.” -Patrick Moore, a Greenpeace co-founder- About two-thirds of electricity used globally today is generated from fossil fuels using the energy created from burning fuels such as coal and gas, which release greenhouse gases. These trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming. Moreover no more fuels are predicted being formed in the near future

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    Imagine keeping a secret, even hiding three whole cities from the world, and only a few hundred thousand people knowing of its existence at all. It all began on December 21, 1938, when it was discovered that the Germans had learned the secrets of splitting an atom, also known as nuclear fission (Kelly 17). In 1939, Albert Einstein, along with three other scientist who were aware of the German's intentions, convinced Roosevelt to develop an atomic bomb to be used on Germany. Around 1941, when President

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    We Need Nuclear Energy

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    We Need Nuclear Energy "Minutes ago, the lights flickered, went out briefly, snapped on again. It was a warning. The electricity would last only a few moments longer, and then we would be plunged into three hours of darkness. . . . For the third time today, by official edict, we are taking our turn without electricity. A miners' strike has reduced coal stocks almost to the vanishing point, and most of Britain's electricity comes from coal" (Weaver, "The Search . . .", 652). This could become

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    The fuel that is used for these reactors is called plutonium (Phelps). This is not a natural element so it must be recycled from the excess that is produced from uranium (Phelps). The plutonium itself is highly radioactive which is why the public opposes it (Phelps). These nuclear reactors generate more energy than they expend while using plutonium as a fuel (Phelps). That is probably the reason why nuclear power companies favor the usage of plutonium. The history of nuclear energy in fact began with

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    Nuclear Weapons of the Cold War

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    as a nuclear power were very important in the Cold War. New technology and research for nuclear material was an essential part in building a nuclear weapon. The most important element for making nuclear weapons is uranium. Uranium is used to make plutonium, a very powerful element, by deuteron bombardment of uranium oxide. Uranium, a gray-colored element, is mined from the common uranium ores. Common isotopes, such as, radioactive sulfur (S35), radioactive carbon (C14), radioactive phosphorus (P32)

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    amount of wasted which is later reuse in a process call reproccessing. According to the article, Nuclear Reprocessing: Dangerous, Dirty, and Expensive, publish by the Union of Concerned Scientist, they mentions that process of reprocessing is when plutonium and uranium are seperate from nuclear waste by using huge amount of chemicals (paragraph one, ucsusa.org, 04/05/2011), which shows that more nuclear waste is being create from already nuclear waste. In addition, reprocessing have been seen as a method

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    The Atomic Bomb

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    The Atomic Bomb "Then a tremendous flash of light cut across the sky . Mr. Tanimoto has a distinct recollection that it traveled from east to west, from the city toward the hills. It seemed like a sheet of sun. John Hersey, from Hiroshima, pp8 On August 6, 1945, the world changed forever. On that day the United States of America detonated an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Never before had mankind seen anything like. Here was something that was slightly bigger than an ordinary bomb,

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    Nuclear Disaster Report

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    In order to help speed up production, nuclear weapons were being made at a plant in Kyshtym in Soviet Russia. This plant was a plutonium production reactor for nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel processing, called the Mayak plant. (“1942-2002 60 years of nuclear,” 2002) The plant was built hastily between the years of 1945 and 1948, when it then produced weapon grade plutonium and uranium. (“1942-2002 60 years of nuclear,” 2002) Nuclear physicists had poor knowledge about nuclear physics, making many

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