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Compare and contrast the processes of fusion and fission. Describe the challenges in harnessing fusion technology for domestic energy needs

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Fusion and fission are the two primary processes for harnessing nuclear energy. Fusion is the process by which nuclear energy is released from the joining of light nuclei, typically hydrogen to form helium. This is how stars get ...

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We discuss fission and fusion as well as the prospects for harnessing fusion energy.

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