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atomic energy

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Energy that is released in a nuclear reaction, either by fission or fusion.

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energy source

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Any material that is used to produce energy, including fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas), nuclear (fission and fusion), and renewables (solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectric).

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fission

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Splitting of a heavy atomic nucleus by collision, with the ejection of two or more neutrons, and the release of much energy.

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nuclear fusion

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1 (in biology) the fusion (def. 3) of the nuclei of a heterokaryon leading to the formation of a hybrid cell.

2 (in physics) see...

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nuclear reaction

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A change in the composition of a nucleus, caused by bombarding it with atomic or subatomic particles or very high energy radiation (for example in a nuclear reactor). This process can form...

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thermonuclear reaction

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A nuclear reaction that is self‐sustaining and is triggered by the fusion of light nuclei under very high temperatures, which releases a large amount of heat. The basis of a nuclear bomb.

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