WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SPLITTING THE ATOM
Profile America — Friday, December 2nd. One of the most important technological breakthroughs was made on this date in 1942, one that would for good or ill change the course of world history. At the University of Chicago, a group of scientists led by physicist Enrico Fermi succeeded in producing the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. This first simple reactor, built in great secrecy under the stands of the university's football stadium, helped provide the knowledge that led to the development of the first atomic bombs less than three years later. Today in the U.S., there are 149 nuclear power generating establishments with almost 49,000 employees. Nearly 800 billion kilowatt hours, or about one-fifth of the electricity consumed in the U.S. comes from nuclear power. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
First nuclear reaction/accessed 9/30/2016: http://www.osti.gov/accomplishments/fermi.html
Nuclear power establishments and employees/NAICS 221113: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~221113
Power generation/accessed 9/30/2016:
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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