In nuclear power plants, neutrons collide with uranium atoms, splitting them. This split releases neutrons from the uranium that in turn collide with other atoms, causing a chain reaction. This chain reaction is controlled with “control rods” that absorb neutrons. Fission releases energy that heats water to about 520 degrees F in the core of the plant. This hot water is then used to spin turbines that are connected to generators which produce electricity

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