In this video, it shows how nuclear energy can be a really dangerous thing if it falls in the wrong hands. Recently, there has been tension between the United States and North Korea regarding nuclear weapons, with claims that North Korea has missiles that can blow up Hawaii, Alaska, and the West Coast of the U.S. This has caused Trump to send over ships and troops to protect South Korea and Japan, as well as shoot down any atomic weapons, should North Korea successfully launch one. This video talks about the nuclear tests that North Korea has had, including how they have tried to launch 5 ICBMs (log range missiles with nuclear weapons attached), all of which have failed to hit its designated target. However, it has been confirmed by seismographs that North Korea actually tests these weapons, and researchers think that North Korea could achieve their goal of launching nuclear weapons by 2027, because they have achieved the hardest part of creating a nuclear weapon, which is making ones small enough to fit onto the tip of an ICBM. This has caused many people to try and get Trump to take action on this matter before it's too late, as other presidents in the past have tried and failed. This video is the best video to talk about the negative effects of nuclear energy, because if it gets in the wrong hands, it can be very dangerous, and North Korea is a wonderful example of this, mainly because it is an ongoing situation in the present world we live in.
My second video kind of explains of the the material covered in the crash course video, but also explains the history, as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy makes up about 10% of the world's energy source today, there are 439 nuclear reactors in 31 countries, and 116 new reactors are planned to be constructed. The topic of nuclear energy came up after the tragic events of World War 2, after the U.S. bombed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the war. The energy would be used for good, and people thought that within a few years' time, nuclear energy would be this incredible thing. This however turned out to be nearly impossible, because of costs, and private companies thought that investing in nuclear energy was to risky. Because of this, the idea of atomic energy was somewhat abandoned until the 1970s, when the cost of oil skyrocketed because of war in the the Middle East. Scientists started to construct light water reactors in order to create nuclear energy, because it was available, it was cheaper than other types of nuclear reactors, and it worked. However, it wasn't very popular among scientists, and it wasn't very safe. In 1979, an incident almost occurred when a reactor core melted. In 1986, a radioactive cloud formed in Central Europe, and in 2011, there was the Fukushima incident. so, although nuclear energy has some advantages, it can also be something destructive, whether it be atomic weapons or an accident. This video is the best video to summarize nuclear energy and its basic history because it nuclear energy is a complex subject, and both the graphics and the language help the viewer grasp the concept a little better.
My first curation video talks about the nuclear energy, how it is formed, how few people understand what it actually is, and how people shouldn't usually fear it. When the number of protons and neutrons drastically changes, huge amounts of energy are released. These changes are called Nuclear Chemistry. The number of protons an element has, that's also the element's atomic number. So, when you change the number of the protons, it creates a whole new product. Changing the number of neutrons of an atom is called an isotope, and the changing of one element to another, or one isotope to another is called transmutation. All these reactions occur because all elements have the desire to become stable, or attain stability. In order to do this, the nucleus might try to release protons and/or neutrons, similar to how some elements release electrons in order to be stable. When a nucleus tries to do this, it is called radioactive decay. The half-life of an element tells us how long it will take for 50% of the element to decay, and ionization radiation is the release of energy that allows an unstable nucleus to attain a more stable form.