We've seen the many ways that the Atomic Energy Commission tried to find peaceful uses for nuclear weapons . Here's a new crazy twist. They hired a physicist and a doctor to create a nuclear-powered heart.
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.