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Diverse Applications of Nuclear Technology

Diverse Applications of Nuclear Technology

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: The Future of Nuclear Technology 2007. This session goes a long way toward demonstrating the "happy face of the atom," as moderator David Kaiser puts it, replacing the mushroom cloud image with a multidimensional picture of the uses of nuclear technology. As a plasma physicist, Ian Hutchinson works on controlled fusion -- a very hot area of nuclear technology in more ways than one. By fusing together isotopes of hydrogen, you can achieve the energy source of stars, says Hutchinson. This promises infinite reserves of clean energy. These reactions are only possible at super high temperatures, and "to bring these down to a human scale," the gases created must be contained by powerful magnets in machines called tokamaks. MIT and other labs have... Show More

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