WHAT IS NUCLEAR ENERGY?
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."
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