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User avatar #37398 - grogabusk (11/15/2012) [-]
I wasn't quite sure where to ask this, but here seems like it'd be a good idea I suppose. I'm writing for a research paper (small one, thankfully. Only 8 pages) on nuclear fission versus nuclear fusion for my writing class. It's an overused topic by now, most likely, but I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what points I should cover.

I'm arguing that nuclear fusion is the way to go, if that helps. I'm just not sure what all to write about in the paper...
User avatar #37399 to #37398 - mykoira (11/16/2012) [-]
it's good for nature (if you don't count nuclear waste) and it's the best way to get energy in this era
User avatar #37400 to #37399 - grogabusk (11/16/2012) [-]
That's very true. Although, fusion is much more safe for the environment than fission if I remember correctly. The waste from fission stays radioactive for thousands of years, while the waste from a fusion reaction can usually lose all of its radiation after a few hundred years. I mean, it still isn't great, but it's a hell of a lot better.

And I could have sworn that I read it was nature's second most efficient way of converting energy. The most efficient being anti-matter and matter
User avatar #37403 to #37400 - mykoira (11/16/2012) [-]
wasn't fission the thing that happened in sun and was not succesfully made by humans
User avatar #37404 to #37403 - grogabusk (11/16/2012) [-]
Fusion is what happens in stars, and it is possible, it only requires ridiculous amounts of energy and pressure (and money...). It's an extremely efficient method of energy production when done successfully though.

Fission is what goes on in nuclear reactors globally. It's a lot more dangerous due to the potential for meltdowns and produces quite a bit more hazardous waste.

Even though it isn't entirely attainable at its maximum efficiency, I really think we need to invest more into produce solid fusion reactors. I definitely think that is the way to go
User avatar #37405 to #37404 - mykoira (11/16/2012) [-]
oh i mixed them again
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