ANS is committed to advancing, fostering, and promoting the development and application of nuclear sciences and technologies to benefit society.
Explore the many uses for nuclear science and its impact on energy, the environment, healthcare, food, and more.
Isotopes & Radiation
Members are devoted to applying nuclear science and engineering technologies involving isotopes, radiation applications, and associated equipment in scientific research, development, and industrial processes. Their interests lie primarily in education, industrial uses, biology, medicine, and health physics. Division committees include Analytical Applications of Isotopes and Radiation, Biology and Medicine, Radiation Applications, Radiation Sources and Detection, and Thermal Power Sources.
Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2023)
May 7–11, 2023
Idaho Falls, ID|Snake River Event Center
The Standards Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of voluntary consensus standards that address the design, analysis, and operation of components, systems, and facilities related to the application of nuclear science and technology. Find out What’s New, check out the Standards Store, or Get Involved today!
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Nuclear Science and Engineering
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Nuclear power developments in China and the world
The development of human society and technology is closely correlated to the means of energy acquisition, utilization method, efficiency, and spectrum of applications. High quality of life and sustainable socioeconomic development require a sustainable and reliable energy supply. Wealth, health, food, water, infrastructure, education, and even life expectancy itself strongly correlate with the consumption of energy per capita. Having an adequate, reliable, affordable, eco-friendly, and sustainable supply of energy is becoming more crucial for economic development and improving human well-being.
Nuclear science is the study of one of the smallest things we know—the atomic nucleus. But, even though it’s 100,000 times smaller than an atom, the tiny nucleus has a huge impact on our world. Nuclear science and technology bring us cancer treatments, power for space missions, new crop varieties, safer medical supplies, and some of the cleanest and greenest ways of generating electricity.
Come with us to explore the many uses for nuclear science and its impact on energy, the environment, healthcare, food, and more.
Nuclear Science 101
The study of nuclear science begins when the atom was first imagined more than 2,000 years ago. But the nucleus, the foundation of nuclear science and technology, wasn't discovered until 1909. Learn about nuclear nuclear science, its history and the processes behind technologies from the past, present and into the future.
Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World
Engage students with curriculum for grades 3 through 12 backed by the expertise of leaders in nuclear science—the members of the American Nuclear Society and the Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy. Resources include STEM project starters, digital lesson plans, nuclear industry career profiles, and exciting Virtual Field Trips!
ANS Stem Academy
The ANS STEM Academy serves educators and students through a suite of resources from classroom visits by nuclear science professionals and researchers, career exploration opportunities, teacher training and out of school programs for students.
Nuclear binding energy holds the atoms that make up our universe together. This energy is released when atoms split apart, undergoing fission, and when smaller atoms combine together through fusion. Fission and fusion create abundant energy without releasing harmful pollutants--including carbon dioxide--into the atmosphere, making nuclear a clean, green solution for our energy future.
In and Out of the Classroom
ANS has resources to help in creating engaging activities in the classroom or out of school. Make sure to check out our Scouting patch, Get to Know Nuclear.
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Get to Know Nuclear
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