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Benefits And Costs Of Using Nuclear Technology For Peaceful Purposes

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"Good atoms and bad atoms" is a captivating expression which is self-contradictory as well as self-explanatory. It describes the status of atoms in human minds. This chapter discusses the role of good atoms in human life, including the use of nuclear energy as a source of power to generate electricity, in industry, agriculture, water management, medicine, animal breeding, pesticides, crime detection and other peaceful uses of nuclear technology for the benefit of humankind. It describes the debate on the costs of acquiring nuclear technology with special emphasis on the history of using nuclear power to generate electricity. The chapter highlights the costs from the economic point of view as well as the consequence of using nuclear technology and its social implications. It describes change in electricity market and the current competitive disadvantage of building new nuclear plants as well as the distinct advantages of existing ones.

Keywords: nuclear energy; nuclear power; nuclear technology

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