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Free 5-day trial What can the sun do that we can't? Are radioactive isotopes helpful in the medical field?
The answers to these questions can be found in this lesson on the applications of nuclear chemistry.
Fossil fuels are really just dead organisms that once used the sun for energy and that have been under a great deal of pressure by being buried under rocks.
In a way, we are able to use some of the energy from fusion reactions.
Keep in mind that during this process, not all of the mass is conserved.
The 'heavier' atom that is produced is actually lighter than the two individual pieces, which means that mass is lost.
The sun is essentially a fusion reactor creating energy by fusing hydrogen atoms together to form helium, and the sun is our primary source of energy.
We use the sun's energy for solar power, photosynthesis, and even in the fossil fuels we burn.