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  Power to the people: Germany’s anti-nuclear movement

Germany recently announced plans to completely phase out nuclear energy from the country. We look at the anti-nuclear movement’s long history in Germany, and the citizens who played a critical role in the decision to say no to nuclear power.

Poll: The future of nuclear power in the U.S.

  The nuclear option: Should the U.S. invest more, not less, in nuclear energy?

Despite Japan’s Fukushima disaster, now is not the time for America to give up on nuclear energy, says MIT Professor Richard K. Lester.


Poll: The future of nuclear power in the U.S.

Do you think nuclear power in the United States should be increased, reduced, or kept at its current level?


  A solution for nuclear waste?

As the U.S. continues to try to resolve the decades old issue of what to do with nuclear waste, Need to Know visits a possible solution a half mile below the desert in New Mexico. Alison Stewart goes underground for a tour.


  Double fault: Nuclear safety at Diablo Canyon

The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant is situated near two fault lines, and at least one critic is questioning whether the utility that owns the plant is doing all it needs to to ensure that it can safely withstand the kind of earthquake some seismologists believe is possible.


Photo: Our own nuclear event

In the early morning hours of March 28, 1979, a mechanical failure at the Unit 2 reactor at Three Mile Island began a chain reaction of events that led to the worst accident in the history of U.S. nuclear power industry.


How much radiation is too much? A handy guide

How does radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear plant compare with that from an X-ray? From a banana? The creator of the web comic XKCD provided this helpful chart.


  Need to Know, September 24, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Rape as a weapon of war in Congo. An experimental program to fight childhood obesity. And exploring what to do about nuclear waste.

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