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nu·cle·ar re·ac·tion

the interaction of two atomic nuclei or of one such with a subatomic particle, or of the subatomic particles within an atomic nucleus, resulting in a change in the nature of the nuclei concerned or in the energy content of the nuclei or both, usually manifested by transmutation (accompanied by emission of alpha-, beta-, and/or gamma-rays) or by fission or fusion of the nuclei.
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Liquid-fuel molten-salt reactors are also inherently safer because as the liquid heats up, it expands, slowing the nuclear reactions. In addition, the reactor is built with a drain plug, kept solid by an electric cooler in the bottom.
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