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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 7 © Richard Baker in Wikimedia Commons,

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Figure 9 © courtesy of EDF Energy

Figure 10 © courtesy of NASA/SDO/GSFC

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4.1.3 Energy gap video Bang Goes the Theory, series 8, 2011 © BBC

4.1.6 Nuclear waste audio BBC Inside Science Radio 4 programme 8, 2013 © BBC

4.2 Thorium - nuclear fuel of the future? video Thorium backed as a 'future fuel', BBC News 2013 © BBC

4.2.7 The National Ignition Facility video Human Universe: A Place in Space and Time, 28 October 2014 © BBC

4.3 Nuclear energy debate video © Copyright Guardian News & Media Ltd 2015

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