McMaster University’s Nuclear Operations & Facilities and the Canadian Nuclear Association challenge your nuclear science knowledge with these nine facts. See how many you know, and how many surprise you.

Power-generating reactors do much more than generate electricity. Many Canadian reactors produce radioisotopes like Cobalt-60, which is used to sterilize medical devices, like gloves and syringes. Nuclear science creates life-saving medical interventions. McMaster University is one of the world's leading producers of medical isotopes used to treat thousands of cancer patients every year. Nuclear science is used to make foods safer to eat. Gamma radiation is used to extend the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables by eliminating micro-organisms that cause illness. Nuclear technology helps us protect our waters. It's used to trace and analyze water pollutants to their sources to protect our waters, fish, and aquatic life. Nuclear reactors can be small, but powerful. Small Modular Reactors could reduce GHG emissions in Canada by 14 Mt per year on average - the equivalent of taking over 3 million cars off the road. Nuclear energy generates minimal waste. If all the electricity you used in your lifetime came from nuclear energy, the spent fuel would fit in a single pop can. Nuclear is the most land-efficient means of clean energy production. Thanks to its small land footprint, nuclear has a very minimal impact on natural habitats. About 60 percent of Ontario's power generation comes from nuclear energy. This is significant for a province with 14.7 million residents! Net Zero twenty fifty needs nuclear! As a form of clean energy, nuclear energy plays an essential role in reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.