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

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 2:00pm3/22/13 2:00pm


Tourists Watching Nuclear Explosions Is a Terrible Idea But a Great Facebook Photo

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 5:20pm8/01/12 5:20pm