Recently released video footage of once classified US nuclear tests

Monday, 20 March, 2017

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a US federal research facility based in California, has spent the last five years digitising thousands of film clips of nuclear bomb tests conducted by the US, between 1945 and 1962.

The footage had been classified by the US government, but now several hundred recordings of nuclear detonations have been made public. This is footage that you want to see, that you don’t want to see. Isn’t what we’re witnessing here – such as this explosion, that was part of Operation Teapot – terrifying?

Another sixty-plus videos of nuclear blasts can be found here.

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Oh yes, let’s play global thermonuclear war…

Friday, 29 November, 2013

A time-lapse map showing the locations of nuclear explosions between 1945 and 1998, across the world, during which time there were over 2050 detonations.

I sure wish we could all just play chess instead.

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You’re telling me that this sucker is nuclear?

Monday, 11 May, 2009

The future of space exploration is looking uncertain as supplies of plutonium-238 – which powers many deep space probes – is beginning to dry up.

Deep space probes beyond Jupiter can’t use solar power because they’re too far from the sun. So they rely on a certain type of plutonium, plutonium-238. It powers these spacecraft with the heat of its natural decay. But plutonium-238 isn’t found in nature; it’s a byproduct of nuclear weaponry. The United States stopped making it about 20 years ago and NASA has been relying on the Russians. But now the Russian supply is running dry because they stopped making it, too.

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