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  • California Energy Commission
    An explanation of fission and fusion from the CEC.
  • Fission and Fusion from Purdue University
    Side to side explanations of the processes involved in fission and fusion.
  • US EPA: Nuclear Energy
    A good starting point for information about the potential impact of nuclear energy on the environment, from the Environmental Protection Agency. Deals mostly with nuclear fission.
  • US DOE Energy Information Administration
    This is the most authoritative site for statistics about US energy consumption, production, historical data, and short-term and long-term energy forecasts. See the renewable energy section for information about the renewable energy industry.
  • NYT: Nuclear Energy
    Current articles from the New York Times about nuclear energy. Most focus on the use of nuclear fission and nuclear power plant activities.


Nuclear energy can be used to make electricity, and may be released from atoms through nuclear fusion or nuclear fission. Use these definitions from the U.S. Energy Information Agency to understand the difference:

"In nuclear fission, atoms are split apart to form smaller atoms, releasing energy. Nuclear power plants use this energy to produce electricity.

In nuclear fusion, energy is released when atoms are combined or fused together to form a larger atom. This is how the sun produces energy. Fusion is the subject of ongoing research, but it is not yet clear that it will ever be a commercially viable technology for electricity generation."

fission vs fusion

Use this main page to give you general information on the topic. Use the Fission and Fusion tabs to get specific information on each type of nuclear energy.



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Encyclopedias are a great way to get background information on a topic.

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