Attempts to develop peaceful applications for the energy
released by nuclear fission actually preceded its use in war
. The eventual success of this endeavor turned out to be a mixed blessing. Engineers harnessed the immense energy produced by fission to create steam
, which they then used to drive electric turbines, producing electricity
. However, the radioactive
materials necessary for sustained fission reactions are extremely lethal, disposal of the radioactive wastes generated by the process is difficult, and the risk of catastrophic meltdown
can never be completely eliminated.
Prerequisites: Nuclear Fission
Allows for: Fusion Power
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