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This is how a molten salt nuclear reactor works

Keepin' it radioactive.

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elements produce heat as they decay. Nuclear plants draw power from this process, and typically ­stabilize the temperature with water. But during a power outage,, preventing overheating. After a decades-long lull in development, countries from China to Denmark are building new molten salt reactors. Here’s how they work.

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