By Mo Row
Have you ever seen matter disappear in to energy? Have you ever felt mad enough to blow up something? Did you know nuclear energy is used just like electricity? All this has to do with nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. If you read the rest of my report you will learn how it all works, the history of nuclear, and what it is and what it does.
How it Works
Did you know that matter could be changed to energy? Marshall Brain says this thing called nuclear waste is transported to the nuclear power plants worldwide. Then from there it is changed from matter to energy. After that it is spread worldwide so we, humans, can use it as electricity. We use nuclear energy as electricity. Nuclear energy comes from nuclear waste. Except that it has to go through a process before it actually changes. When it is discovered, it is taken to the nuclear power plant closest to it. In there it goes through many changes and processes to become nuclear energy.
Have you ever thought of the problems in nuclear power plants? Well, Wikipedia.com says that there are many but IÕll only go through the basics. First, you have to understand how dangerous this energy can be. If someone working were able to make their own bomb things wouldnÕt be pretty. Also, if something were to suddenly explode it would cause a chain reaction and set off who knows how many things to blow up. In other words, if one thing blows up itÕs possible many things will blow up.
When scientists first found nuclear waste it was a miracle. They were excited and overjoyed. Later they wanted to experiment with it. Then they figured out how to make it into usable energy. They were even happier when they found a way to use it. To discover that they could use it and not stare at it was great. After that even smarter people discovered the destructive side to it. ThatÕs when the nuclear bombs became to be.
The first nuclear bombs to be used were used in World War II. ŌThe atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks during World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States of America under US President Harry S. Truman. On August 6, 1945, the nuclear weapon "Little Boy"* was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, followed on August 9, 1945 by the detonation of the "Fat Man"* nuclear bomb over Nagasaki.Ķ says wikipedia.com.
Is there a good side to nuclear weapons? Yes, actually they can really stop wars. Wikipedia.com says just the threat of the new weapon was able to stop the Cold War. When nuclear energy came out everyone heard about it but didnÕt know what to do with it. Some people found out that they could be destructive with it. They decided to try out this new man killer. After it was made, everyone was scared and the war stopped.
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What it is and Does
Nuclear energy and nuclear weapons arenÕt the same. Wikipedia.com says that energy can be used to make weapons. Weapons can be used to blow up things. The real difference is that if there wasnÕt the energy there wouldnÕt be a weapon. The whole point of the weapon is to use so much power; it literally knocks people off their feet. ThatÕs where the energy comes in. It has enough power to, with the right tools, get people to sit down for a (long) while. Power and weapons wonÕt be the same, but they can work together just fine.
You hear a boom, and everythingÕs gone. Actually you would be gone along with everything else. You suddenly feel a sensation like never before, like youÕve just been blown up maybe. That is because youÕve just experienced, an amazing, once in a lifetime chance of, meeting a nuclear bomb and having it being used on you. ThatÕs not a good thing. Wikipedia says that a nuclear bomb would be able to blow up Utah if made correctly. They are so potent they could blow up Japan with few bombs. These things are made with such care and precaution so that they arenÕt let loose when being made. They are destructive. I hope that gives you a bit of information on nuclear bombs.
Nuclear energy is just like electricity. According to Marshall Brain we use nuclear energy just as we use electricity. Nuclear energy is used as about 15% of the worldÕs electricity. We use it just the same and donÕt even realize it.
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