Nuclear energy is always in the news, but how much do you know about nuclear fission and what happens to nuclear waste? To find out, Naked Scientists Anna Lacey and Dave Ansell visit Sizewell B power station in Suffolk, and studio guest Ian Farnan from Cambridge University discusses nuclear waste disposal and why current methods might not contain the radiation as long as we thought. But as clinical radiologist Anant Krishnan explains, radiation plays a crucial role in medicine, including allowing us to see broken bones and killing off tumours. Sticking with uses of radiation that save lives, Anna and Dave find out how a smoke detector works in Kitchen Science.
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Anna visited Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station to find out what nuclear energy is and how it is harnessed
Ian Farnan studies how to store nuclear waste for the long term.
Anat is a radiologist and uses radiation to help cure disease
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Most people think radiation is a bad thing, but if you take a look inside a
humble smoke detector, you'll find that its radiation that's keeping us
alive. However, you should NOT attempt to open the radioactive
compartment of a smoke detector as close-up exposure to the ra...