Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Science

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II. The scientists who managed to escape from Hitler’s persecution laws were well-aware of what was going on in Germany involving nuclear science. At the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Chemistry in Berlin, Germany's capital, German scientists were working to discover what would happen if one split the nucleus of an atom. Would any energy be released or would it be useless? “In late 1938, German scientists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann bombarded a uranium atom with neutrons. The nucleus split-nuclear fission had occurred(Hook 18)” The escapee scientists warned the U.S. just in time for them to begin building their own bomb.
In July 1939, Albert Einstein met with Leo Szilard and Eugene Wigner to discuss the possibilities of nuclear fission. Einstein wrote a letter to the U.S. ambassador to the Belgian Congo, to warn them against supplying uranium to Germany. “Within a few days, Alexander Sachs, economic adviser to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, urged Einstein to write a letter to the president.(Hook 19)” However, President Roosevelt did not receive this letter until after the war had begun. “Roosevelt organized a board to
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Nuclear medicine has reached the point where not only can it save lives, it can extend them. Heart scans can show whether certain regions of the heart muscle lack an adequate supply of blood. Other nuclear medicine tests can evaluate the strength of heart muscle contraction. Nuclear medicine scans can detect and stage many types of cancer. Scans can also show how well a patient responds to treatment, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. In some cases, nuclear medicine can be used to treat selected cancers. Brain imaging can show regions of the brain with inadequate blood flow or metabolism. Nuclear medicine scans can also identify a hidden abscess in a patient with an internal infection. These patients can sometimes have fever of unknown origin, which is a sign of infection(U.S. Department Converting Energy to

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