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Nuclear ‘power balls' may make meltdowns a thing of the past

1 month ago   |   By Grist

This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
The basic idea behind all nuclear power plants is the same: Convert the heat created by nuclear fission into electricity. There are several ways to do this, but in each case it involves a delicate balancing act between safety and efficiency. A nuclear reactor works best when the core is really hot, but if it gets too hot it will cause a meltdown and the environment will get poisoned and people may die and it will take billions of dollars to clean up the mess.
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