Nuclear power is one of the most recent achievements in the long history of harnessing energy, and one of the most controversial. A result of research originally done to produce the atomic bomb, nuclear energy takes advantage of the incredible potential energy within the atom in a productive instead of destructive way. As of 2011, nuclear energy provides nearly 20 percent of the electric power in the U.S. Learn more with this video from the Explore More: The Future of Energy series.
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