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Nuclear power comes in two flavors: nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. Nuclear fission is the process used in the roughly 400 Nuclear Power Plants around the world today. In fission, energy is released by breaking heavy Uranium nuclei into lighter parts. In fusion, energy is released by fusing light nuclei (such as deuterium nuclei, a hydrogen isotope) into heavier nuclei.