Nuclear energy

The energy released as a result of changes in the nuclei of atoms. It is also known as atomic energy and is principally released in the form of heat, light, and ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays. Nuclear energy is released in certain natural processes, including the spontaneous decay of radioactive substances such as uranium ores, and the nuclear reactions that power the sun. It is also what powers nuclear reactors.


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