Smoke rises from the cooling towers of the nuclear power plant in Gundremmingen, southern Germany (Credit: Getty/Christof Stache)
It’s a giant tea kettle — but unlike a cup of Cozy Chamomile, its contents can melt your flesh or deform your body. The pressure is the same as you’d find half a mile below the surface of the ocean. The temperature is 572 degrees Fahrenheit. Unstable atoms — the microscopic equivalent of decrepit buildings — are fracturing into pieces that spiral away from one another in frenetic fashion.
This is the inside of a nuclear reactor’s core. And depending on your …read more