Part of the show New Planets, Harmonics and the science of Sound.
Our world is living under the threat of climate change and we're running out of fossil fuels fast. So how should we solve the coming energy crisis? At the moment, the UK government is deciding whether we should build new nuclear power stations to cope with our rising energy demands. But there are many complex issues involved - including the environmental, political, economic and scientific aspects. To help make sense of it all, the Institute of Physics has asked three writers - including our own Dr Kat - to look into the issues surrounding nuclear power and new power stations. Over the next ten weeks, the team will be detailing their investigations on a blog entitled Potential Energy. You can check out their thoughts, and add to the debate yourself at www.potentialenergy.iop.org