Why Nuclear Energy is Both Awesome and Terrible

These videos demonstrate the differing
perspectives of nuclear energy


Recently I came across some videos on YouTube that were delightful in both their design and their ability to communicate ideas. They were created by Kurz Gesagt (German for “in a nutshell”), which is a Munich-based design studio.

Founded in 2013 with a distinctive perspective on design and animation within the fields of education, science and commerce. They say on their website that they “want to make science look beautiful because science is beautiful.”

They also love combining science, minimalism, colors and music to tell stories.

I am certainly impressed with their ability to explain things like evolution, time, space, global energy or our existence in this strange universe.

Here are three of their videos, with their descriptions from YouTube, that I think you will find informative:

1. Nuclear Energy Explained: How does it work?

Nuclear Energy is a controversial subject. The pro- and anti-nuclear lobbies fight furiously, and it’s difficult to decide who is right. So we’re trying to clear up the issue – in this video we discuss how we got to where we are today, as the basis for discussion. Next week we’ll be looking at the arguments for and against nuclear power in detail.

2. 3 Reasons Why Nuclear Energy is Terrible!

Nuclear energy might be a failed experiment. In over sixty years the technology has not only failed to keep its promise of cheap, clean and safe energy, it also caused major catastrophes and enabled more nuclear weapons while the nuclear waste problem is still not solved.


3. 3 Reasons Why Nuclear Energy is Awesome

Nuclear energy might have a lot of unused potential. Not only is it one of the best mid-term solutions for global warming bit despite what gut feeling tells us, it has saved millions of lives. By investing more into better technologies we might be able to make nuclear energy finally save and clean forever.

Photo credit: “Philippsburg2” by Lothar Neumann, Gernsbach [1]
Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

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