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A 1950s nuclear reactor schools Millennials at MIT

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There has been an upswing in the number of young Americans studying nuclear engineering in recent years, says MIT. MIT students are being schooled on a 1950s-era reactor.

The MIT reactor produces a Cherenkov radiation, pictured here in a spent fuel element at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Our colleagues at CNET have scored a VIP tour of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Nuclear Research Reactor.

The campus reactor facility has been in operation since 1958, and is used for medical imaging research as well as to develop new nuclear technologies.

The associate director of research development at the lab told CNET that there has been a marked increase in the number of students studying nuclear engineering. Nuclear energy has recently received a boost in Europe and the United States as a source of "clean" power to help address climate change.

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