Fun Fact 3: Every atom has a core (centre) which is officially called a nucleus. The nucleus is a massive source of energy.
Fun Fact 4: A great amount of energy is produced from an atom when it is broken. The atom splits and forms smaller atoms. This is when energy is produced. It's also produced when atoms fuse together and become larger in size.
Fun Fact 5: Atomic energy can be used to cause destruction as well as construction. For example, the first atom bomb was created for use during World War II which caused great harm, death and devastation to homes and people.
Fun Fact 6: Atomic power plants can produce electricity. Such power plants are found in various countries including America, France, Canada, Japan, Russia, the UK and Australia.
Fun Fact 7: Atomic energy can be very constructive and beneficial when used in the right way. For example, its production of radiation can be used to prevent cancer from growing and it can eradicate dangerous bacteria and germs.
Fun Fact 8: Certain vessel ships and submarines can be run on atomic energy. Future research and scientific developments might allow other methods of travel, such as cars and aeroplanes, to be powered by atomic energy
Fun Fact 9: Atomic energy is produced in nuclear power plants. Nuclear energy a perhaps a more widely used term used these days in reference to Atomic energy. Nuclear energy is produced in the same way; from atoms.
Fun Fact 10: Nuclear energy can be formed in two ways: nuclear fusion and nuclear fission. What is nuclear fusion? Nuclear fusion is when energy is released when atoms combine together and form a larger atom. What is nuclear fission? Nuclear fission is when energy is released when atoms split and form smaller atoms.
Fun Fact 11: The Sun provides us with a good an example of nuclear fusion - this giant ball of gas constantly produces energy when atoms fuse together.
Fun Fact 12: Atomic energy is a non-renewable energy source. This means that non-renewable energy cannot be renewed.
Fun Fact 13: Atomic Energy can produce radioactive waste which can be harmful to people as they can remain radioactive for thousands of years. Radioactive materials must be removed or disposed in accordance to special laws to protect human health and well-being.
Fun Fact 14: Atomic Energy can produce electricity. Nuclear power plants produce electricity which involves nuclear fission. This is when atoms split, forming smaller atoms and releasing electrical energy.
Fun Fact 15: Uranium is sourced from mines. This is the most commonly used chemical element in nuclear power plants which is used to produce electricity. It is a type of metal which is mined from various countries including the United States, Russian, Canada, South Africa and Australia.