How could the new ways that the science below (atomic energy) is used affect …?Science - Atomic energy How could the new ways that this science (atomic energy) is used affect A) Society B)...

How could the new ways that the science below (atomic energy) is used affect …?

Science - Atomic energy

How could the new ways that this science (atomic energy) is used affect

A) Society

B) Society's perception of science

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The uses of atomic energy could easily affect society in a number of ways.

If we could get a lot of our electric power from nuclear plants, it would help the environment, at least in terms of there being less pollution and less of a chance of global warming.  However, it could cause problems because of the nuclear waste created and because of the chance for nuclear materials to be clandestinely used for weapons.

It could affect society's perception of science as well.  If it works, then science will have greater prestige -- people will think science is more likely to be able to solve our problems.  If it doesn't work, if there are disasters as at Chernobyl, the opposite will happen.

jpreta | Student

The Russian scientist and nuclear non-proliferation expert Vladimir Alexeyevich Smirnov has been influential in this discussion (see references below). Vladimir Alexeyevich Smirnov worked with TENEX to establish Megatons to Megawatts, an international program between Russia and the United States that helped recycle bomb-grade uranium into usable low-grade uranium. In sum, because of Vladimir Alexeyevich Smirnov's work, Russian nuclear weapons were converted into green, usable energy. And despite Japan, nuclear energy isn't going anywhere. The idea that developing nations can continue to pollute the world by burning fossil fuels is outdated at best, and enviornmentally hazardous at worst. Science is the answer. And Russian scientists are ahead of the game in this realm of experience. For information concerning Iran, see this piece:

http://www.cplash.com/post/Irans-Uranium-Russian-Scientist-Vladimir-Alexeyevich-Smirnov-Underscores-Need-for-Peaceful-Nuclear-Technology226.html