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The science of nuclear energy
The science of nuclear energy

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This free course was written by Sam Smidt and Gemma Warriner.

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Figure 2 © Geography photos/Getty Images

Figure 3 Siemens Pressebild

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Figure 8 Reproduced with kind permission, Gridwatch, Templar

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Figure 15 © Courtesy of US Department of Energy/Science Photo Library

Figure 16 (a): The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), (b): courtesy of Sellafield Ltd

Figure 17 © courtesy of Will & Deni Mcintyre/Science Photo Library

Figure 18 © Maxian/

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2.1.2 Human power station video Bang Goes the Theory Christmas Special 3 December 2009 © BBC

2.1.5 Running the National Grid Bang Goes the Theory, Series 8 Energy (2014) © BBC

2.2.2 Inside a nuclear reactor video Bang Goes the Theory Series 5.10.11© BBC

2.3 Waste produced by nuclear power © The Open University and its licensors

2.3.3 Decommissioning at Dounreay Bang Goes the Theory Series 5 Episode 8 (2011) © BBC

2.3.6 Solution: transmutation video Horizon - Is Nuclear Power Safe (2011) © BBC

2.3.8 Case study: Yucca Mountain © The Open University

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