Why Fusion Is More Dangerous Than Fission | Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains…

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What is the difference between fission and fusion? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian co-host Chuck Nice take on Oppenheimer, how fission works, and what a full fusion reaction would look like.

We break down how to get energy out of atoms and how radiation works. What is a positron? Learn about the isotopes of Uranium and how it creates a chain reaction. What is more powerful, fission or fusion? Could a nuclear episode ignite the atmosphere?

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00:00 – Fission v. Fusion
01:47 – How to Access Atomic Energy
06:10 – Chain Reactions & Bombs
09:15 – What is More Powerful, Fission or Fusion?
12:22 – Could a Chain Reaction Ignite the Atmosphere?