A Government Program Wanted to Make the Perfect Artificial Heart—With…

The idea of putting a decaying radioactive isotope inside your chest might make you a little uneasy—and rightly so. But in 1967, the National Heart Institute and the Atomic Energy Agency set out to make it happen in the form of a plutonium-238-powered atomic heart. Think Tony Stark with nuclear waste in his chest. » 3/22/13 2:00pm 3/22/13 2:00pm

Tourists Watching Nuclear Explosions Is a Terrible Idea But a Great…

I love these images—created by photographer Clay Lipsky—and their premise: "Imagine if the advent of the atomic era occurred during today's information age. Tourists would gather to view bomb tests, at the 'safe' distances used in the 1950s, and share the resulting cell phone photos" on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. » 8/01/12 5:20pm 8/01/12 5:20pm

Atomic Pen Writes World's Smallest Possible Letters

Researches at Osaka University have been doing some really tiny writing later, using their newly-invented atomic pen, which can draw atom by atom. The resulting letters, the words "Si" for silicon or "Yes" in Spanish, measure only 2 x 2 nanometers, roughly 40,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. According… » 10/17/08 1:15pm 10/17/08 1:15pm