By figuring out fission, physicists were able to split uranium atoms and release massive amounts of energy. This Manhattan Project work paved the way both for atomic bombs and nuclear power reactors.
Even if the nuclear plan can be massaged in South African President Jacob Zuma’s interests, it won't be enough to ensure the deal goes through.
South African President Jacob Zuma's efforts to promote his unpopular nuclear project are weakening him politically but he still seems keen to pursue it.
Kenya's inadequate electricity supply is due to an over-reliance on hydropower, high energy and infrastructure costs.
Amid news that solar power capacity will outstrip nuclear by 2018, what do those assertions really mean?
A nuclear physicist and disarmament expert recommends reading on nuclear disasters, weapons, authoritarianism and climate change.
Nuclear industry players tout small modular reactors as an "inherently safe," cost-effective source of electricity. The reality may be less attractive.
Eskom's stand threatens the viability of the entire renewable energy sector in South Africa, something which plays into the hands of those pro coal and nuclear.
The South African government is not giving up on its push for a controversial nuclear power plan. But it's chances of succeeding have been greatly reduced.
South Africa's Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, downplayed the topic of energy in his budget speech. There is good that can be taken from this.
South Africa has a new energy plan. Renewable energy in the form of wind, gas and solar feature high on its agenda.
Vietnam recently cancelled it's plans for the procurement of nuclear energy. There are lessons South Africa can take from this.
There are fears that that the nuclear build in South Africa is being driven for the benefit of the politically connected rather than the national good.
South Africa's Parliamentary Budget Office had 10 months to prepare its findings about the cost of a nuclear programme. Its final report was little more than a summary of other institutions' work.
South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has recommended a nuclear waste site for the state.
The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. No other nuclear accident holds a candle to that level of public health impact.
Engineers have devised an innovative way to dismantle Chernobyl's reactor while preventing further radiation escaping.
Small nuclear reactors are one step closer to powering the UK's future energy requirements.
The process of decarbonisation is a complex one for South Africa, as most its power supply comes from coal.
Offering permanent storage for the world's nuclear waste could open up a huge economic opportunity for Australia.