Colorado School of Mines professor Jeff King works with student Jesus Mendoza in a lab at the campus in Golden, Colorado in this undated photo.
Mini nuclear power plants under development as a source of clean electricity for the United States — and for deployment in space — would be smaller than standard shipping containers.
But the amount of electricity a single unit generates, as sub-atomic neutrons bombard uranium rods inside, could sustain up to 10,000 people — without emitting the heat-trapping gases that accelerate climate change.
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