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Bikini Bottom was named for Bikini Atoll where the US conducted nuclear tests from 1946 – 1958, which is why all the explosions from SpongeBob look like nuclear explosions.

SpongeBomb Square Pants and the Anniversary of Castle Bravo While SpongeBob doesn’t quite depict the horrors of nuclear testing, its inspiration does. SpongeBob’s home, Bikini Bottom, was named for Bikini Atoll where the U.S. conducted nuclear tests from 1946 to 1958. References to the destructive nuclear tests are littered throughout the show, ranging from a …

Bikini Bottom was named for Bikini Atoll where the US conducted nuclear tests from 1946 – 1958, which is why all the explosions from SpongeBob look like nuclear explosions. Read More »

Fungi are growing on the walls of Chernobyl’s ruined nuclear reactor. They seem to absorb radiation and convert it into chemical energy for growth.

Fungi That ‘Eat’ Radiation Are Growing on the Walls of Chernobyl’s Ruined Nuclear Reactor In the eerie environment inside the abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, researchers remotely piloting robots spotted pitch black fungi growing on the walls of the decimated No. 4 nuclear reactor and even apparently breaking down radioactive graphite from the core itself. …

Fungi are growing on the walls of Chernobyl’s ruined nuclear reactor. They seem to absorb radiation and convert it into chemical energy for growth. Read More »

One nuclear fuel pellet, roughly the size of a pencil eraser, provides as much energy as one ton of coal or nearly 150 gallons of oil.

Vogtle Receives First Shipment of Nuclear Fuel The two-unit expansion of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia reached another milestone as Georgia Power received the first shipment of nuclear fuel for Unit 3 of the project. The utility on Dec. 9 said receipt of the fuel follows completion and inspection of several construction areas …

One nuclear fuel pellet, roughly the size of a pencil eraser, provides as much energy as one ton of coal or nearly 150 gallons of oil. Read More »

After the 2011 Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima was disabled by an earthquake tsunami double whammy, elderly Japanese people volunteered to do repairs to save young people from radiation exposure.

Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis A group of more than 200 Japanese pensioners are volunteering to tackle the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station. The Skilled Veterans Corps, as they call themselves, is made up of retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60. They say they should be …

After the 2011 Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima was disabled by an earthquake tsunami double whammy, elderly Japanese people volunteered to do repairs to save young people from radiation exposure. Read More »

In 1964, three physicists who just got their PhDs were tasked with developing a working design for a nuclear weapon using only unclassified information. The goal is to see if a country can develop a nuclear weapon without aid. They accomplished it within 2 and a half years.

Nth Country Experiment Could any country with the right knowledge and technology build a nuclear bomb? From May 1964 to April 1967, the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (the predecessor to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) set out to answer this question. The Laboratory hired three physicists who only recently received …

In 1964, three physicists who just got their PhDs were tasked with developing a working design for a nuclear weapon using only unclassified information. The goal is to see if a country can develop a nuclear weapon without aid. They accomplished it within 2 and a half years. Read More »

John Cockcroft, the man who insisted that the windscale nuclear power plant chimney stacks be fitted with high performance filters that saved much of norther England from becoming a nuclear wasteland after the reactor caught fire was mocked for his caution before the accident.

Windscale fire The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in the United Kingdom’s history, and one of the worst in the world, ranked in severity at level 5 out of a possible 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The fire took place in Unit 1 of the two-pile Windscale …

John Cockcroft, the man who insisted that the windscale nuclear power plant chimney stacks be fitted with high performance filters that saved much of norther England from becoming a nuclear wasteland after the reactor caught fire was mocked for his caution before the accident. Read More »

5 men volunteered to stand directly under a Nuclear Blast in 1959, with a sixth man who didn’t volunteer. None suffered immediate harm, but all later developed cancer.

The Day Five Men Willingly Stood Under a Nuclear Explosion This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. In the 1950s, fear of nuclear-armed Soviet bombers led to the creation of the …

5 men volunteered to stand directly under a Nuclear Blast in 1959, with a sixth man who didn’t volunteer. None suffered immediate harm, but all later developed cancer. Read More »

Underneath the streets of Beijing, there are over a million people who live in nuclear bunkers.

A Million People Live in These Underground Nuclear Bunkers In the late ’60s and ‘70s, anticipating the devastation of a Cold War-nuclear fallout, Chairman Mao directed Chinese cities to construct apartments with bomb shelters capable of withstanding the blast of a nuclear bomb. In Beijing alone, roughly 10,000 bunkers were promptly constructed. But when China …

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After the Reagan assassination attempt, the top aides didn’t have the briefcase containing the codes for launching nuclear missiles, the Veep was unavailable, & no-one knew what to do. A Soviet sub then moved closer than usual to the US.

Nuclear button chaos behind Reagan By Katty Kay in Washington Audio tapes just released reveal the confusion among top presidential aides over the wherabouts of the triggers for the US nuclear arsenal as Ronald Reagan recovered from an assassination attempt. In the first few minutes after the 1981 shooting by John Hinckley, Mr Reagan’s top …

After the Reagan assassination attempt, the top aides didn’t have the briefcase containing the codes for launching nuclear missiles, the Veep was unavailable, & no-one knew what to do. A Soviet sub then moved closer than usual to the US. Read More »

The likely record for fastest manmade object is a manhole cover launched by a nuclear bomb. A high-speed camera recording the lid only caught one frame of it moving meaning it was traveling over 125,000 miles per hour

The fastest object ever launched was a manhole cover — here’s the story from the guy who shot it into space Two angles facing left, which often indicate, “return to the beginning.” Two angles facing right, which often indicate, “advance to the end.” When I first heard this story, I didn’t believe it. How could …

The likely record for fastest manmade object is a manhole cover launched by a nuclear bomb. A high-speed camera recording the lid only caught one frame of it moving meaning it was traveling over 125,000 miles per hour Read More »