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How do nuclear weapons differ from other weapons?

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December 18, 2010 12:22AM

Lots more power per pound,

and radioactive waste products.

Most conventional weapons use chemical reactions to release energy and cause explosions. Such weapons would include those that use gun power, TNT, plastic explosives, etc. With a nuclear weapon, large amounts of energy are released through a nuclear fission (atomic bomb) or the fusion reaction between isotopes of hydrogen (thermonuclear bomb).