Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Sam Smidt: Nuclear energy, what is it? Why is it interesting? Why are so many people worried about it?
Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds Gemma Warriner: Over the four weeks we’ll explore four different themes, from looking into the atom and understanding nuclear fission and radioactivity.
Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds Sam Smidt: To generating electricity and understanding why is nuclear energy back on the political and economic agenda.
Skip to 0 minutes and 29 seconds Gemma Warriner: We’ll look at the risks of nuclear energy, both real and perceived. We’ll also examine facts around the nuclear accidents that you might of seen on the news, and finally we’ll look at the issue of nuclear waste.
Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds Sam Smidt: You’ll do all of this from a scientific viewpoint but you’ll also consider the social viewpoints to.
Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds Gemma Warriner: Finally we’ll look to the future in nuclear fusion. We’re filming at the Joint European Torus or JET facility in Culham Oxfordshire. Right now research is going on here to find a new and sustainable clean energy source.
Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds Steve Cowley: Nuclear energy is a big part of reducing the carbon dioxide output not only of the UK but of the world. So it’s going to be a big energy source for the next decade, and in the future it may be the biggest energy source. I think the people need to understand what the issues are, they need to understand a little bit about the science, because there’s a lot of misinformation about this, and I think this course is to provide exactly that kind of information people need to know.