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Fission, Fusion and Nuclear Energy

The debate over Nuclear Energy      
Official report on Health Effects due to Radiation from the Chernobyl Accident It's not a bad place to start
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How were abortion in Greece in 1987 related to the explosion in Chernobyl? It's not what you might think. Extract from a book entitled Mould's Medical Anecdotes  
Chairperson of Children of Chernobyl agrees re myths assoc. with radiation. Letter to The Irish Times. This innocuous letter could be very, very significant.  
Dalai Lama comes out in support of nuclear energy Pity it's so late - Global warming may well destroy civilisation  
Well you don't read this headline every day . . .
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"Cat litter blamed for $240m radiation leak at New Mexico nuclear waste dump"
From The Guardian

 
The first war caused by global warming may begin here. Between Egypt and Ethopia over access to precious water from the Nile river  
Nuclear Power - damned if you do . . . Courtesy of The Huffington Post
       
E = mc^2 How would 10 top physicists—two Nobel Prize winners among them—describe Einstein's equation to curious non-physicists? Audio Link
  Audio Link - Listen to Einstein explaining the meaning of his equation, while also name-checking Cockroft and Walton. (one minute)
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My introduction to the concept MyYouTube. 10 mins
What have homeopathy and E = mc^2 got in common? Words can't describe . . . Link 8 min video. See it's this sort of s@#t that gives Youtube a bad name.  
       
Chain Reaction Applets Simple analogy using mouse-traps. Youtube. 1 min
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  Nice introduction to why neutrons can be used to induce fission. Youtube. 2 minutes
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  This one goes from the chain reaction to the atomic bomb to nuclear reactors.. Youtube. 7 minutes.
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  A short chain reaction applet. Make sure to to "Enable Sound".
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Nuclear Fission and Chain Reaction Click on the "Chain Reaction" and "Controlled Reaction" Tabs. Don't forget the other options on the right.
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Three minute Quicktime video about Nuclear Fission and Reactors
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Nuclear Power Plants      
My introduction part 1 of 2 Using simulations from pHet. MyYouTube 8 mins
Part 2 or 2 MyYouTube 8 mins
Animation of a reactor Everything is labelled except the fuel rods.
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Animation of the power plant plus reactor Includes the generating station
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Nuclear Reactor Excellent flash overview of how a pressurised (Nuclear) Water Reactor works
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Uranium enrichment - what is it? YouTube 1 min
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Apparently teenages everywhere are at it :) YouTube 2 min
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Plutonium Three minute Quicktime on the good and the bad of Plutonium
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What happens to nuclear waste? Three minute Quicktime video.
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What happened in Chernobyl? Three minute Quicktime video
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What happened in Three Mile Island? Three minute Quicktime video.
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U.K. National Grid Status Real-time display of energy production in the U.K.
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What if I took a swim in a typical spent nuclear fuel pool?

Link what-if.xkcd.com/29/  
       
The Atomic Bomb      
Robert Oppenheimer: I have become death, the destroyer of worlds'. Oppenheimer was in charge of the Los Alamos project which developed the atomic bomb. This is a famous quote. From Youtube. 1:35
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Hear first hand accounts from both the pilots and victims of the Hiroshima bomb. From Youtube. 4:35
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Brilliant video of nuclear explosions as an animated timeline from 1945-98 15 mins long but should be mandatory viewing
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The 2 min version Link Youtube  
History of the Atomic Bomb From E = mc squared to nuclear fission to the development of the first atomic bomb. Youtube. 6 mins
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Nuclear Fusion        
Introduction MyYouTube. 5 mins
HAIL - The Return of the Sun

Two minute video promoting solar energy.
wonderful stuff, from YouTube

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Did you know that you can eat the sun? A lovely take on the subject. 1 min video
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How stellar fusion is responsible for the elements 8 minute video from NOVA
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A graphic showing the nuclear equation for the fusion of hydrogen From absorblearning.com
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The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson Youtube. 3 mins
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Where did the elements first come from? 8 minute video from NOVA
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Astronomer Neil de Grasse Tyson explains YouTube. 2 mins
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The Hydrogen Bomb      
Testing the first Hydrogen Bomb Three minute Quicktime video. Taken from 'Testing the superbomb'.
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Nuclear Blast Footage Three minute Quicktime video.
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The nuclear-bomb nicknamed 'The Tzar'. Contained as much explosive power as was used in total in WWII - multiplied by 10. Youtube. 3 mins
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Cold Fusion      
Whats the story with cold fusion? Variety of video-clips from YouTube - mostly it seems to be in the realms of "The X-Files", but judge for yourself.
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Spontaneous natural nuclear reactor

Oklo; the Two Billion Year Old Nuclear Reactor

From Youtube 5 mins from SciShow
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It happened in Gabon in Africa. Speech here has been speeded up. From Youtube.
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