What is a nuclear reactor?
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In another form of reactor the fuel rods are surrounded by low-grade uranium, and the neutrons escaping from the reactor strike this material. The radiation converts the low-grade uranium into plutonium, which can be used as a nuclear fuel.
This type of reactor, called a fast-breeder reactor, produces more plutonium than it can use as fuel. Although this sounds very useful, plutonium is much more dangerous to handle than uranium, and there are serious safety problems in its use.
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Date Added: 13 December '11
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