nuclear energy nuclear energy

Entering the control room at Three Mile Island Unit 1 is like stepping back in time. Except for a few digital screens and new counters, much of the equipment is original to 1974, when the plant began generating electricity. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Jeff Brady/NPR

As Nuclear Struggles, A New Generation Of Engineers Is Motivated By Climate Change

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/619348584/620471154" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In 1952, atomic scientists came together on the 10th anniversary of the first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction, which took place Dec. 2, 1942, at the University of Chicago. Courtesy of University of Chicago Photographic Archive hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of University of Chicago Photographic Archive

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, in Londenderry Township, Pa., was the site of a partial meltdown in 1979. The plant, with its one still-functioning reactor, is having trouble selling its power because it's more expensive than other resources, including natural gas. John S. Zeedick/AP hide caption

toggle caption
John S. Zeedick/AP

Struggling Nuclear Industry Lobbies State Governments For Help

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/528657268/528657269" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Inside a nondescript building at Los Alamos National Laboratory known as TA-66, nuclear weapons inspectors are carefully trained in the detection of plutonium. Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory

How Do You Find Plutonium? Go To Nuclear Inspector School

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/449031762/449862134" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Japan's draft of a new energy proposal calls for opening nuclear power plants that were shut down after the nuclear disaster in 2011. Greg Webb/IAEA/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Greg Webb/IAEA/AP

Idle No More: Japan Plans To Restart Closed Nuclear Reactors

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/283526661/283533759" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript