Nuclear bombs are the deadliest weapons we’ve ever created because of the destruction they’ve caused to human life and the damage they leave with radiation and the sheer magnitude of their explosions. The arms race led to more and more testing of bigger and bigger bombs. Here are the largest nuclear explosions in…
East Asia’s secluded dictatorship says it’s got the technology to make monstrously destructive hydrogen bombs. Fat chance, say some defense experts.
The nuclear bomb, that devastatingly powerful world killer of a weapon, has been around for 70 years. The first nuclear bomb—Trinity—was detonated in a test in New Mexico in 1945, a month later the US Army dropped nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the world was never the same. Here’s an interesting visualization…
There have been over 2,000 nuclear explosions in real life but if we believe the movies, it seems like every other action movie drops one in for added color. And I totally get it. I hope to never see a nuclear bomb go off in person but I wouldn't mind seeing more explosive mushroom cloud visuals in my movies. They…
In the 1960s and 1970s, the United States attempted to improve the image of nuclear bombs by using them for public works. This went about as poorly as you'd suspect.
Bonhams auction house is gearing up for a big "History of Science" sale on October 22. Among the many intriguing lots is a slab of unique glass used during one of the darkest scientific pursuits we've ever embarked upon: The Manhattan Project. But don't worry. It's not radioactive.
Little Boy, the nuclear bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, leveled a two-mile radius of the city, killing an estimated 80,000 people. It was an enormous amount of destruction—and it was caused by less than two percent of the uranium carried by the bomb.
Back when open-air tests of nuclear weapons were common, scientists noticed that clouds would suddenly burst into existence around the explosion. Soon afterwards, the clouds disappeared. What caused these clouds to flicker in and out of existence? Find out!
The fifties and sixties were a crazy time when it came to nuclear bombs. Half the population was trying to build shelters to get away from them, and half saw them as the wave of the future. Some of that second half came up with a great idea - nuke Canada for oil.
This is the Chagan nuclear test. It was part of a larger effort to both test nuclear weapons and to use those weapons for peaceful purposes. The result is a lake it is barely safe to swim in and a severely polluted river nearby.
What would you do if your boss handed you a mysterious box and said that if anything weird started happening with it, to just ditch the thing and run as fast as you can? Well that's exactly what happened to a poor courier working for the Manhattan Project back in the 1940s — a courier who, as it turns out, was…
This is all sorts of twisted, but a new interactive map allows users to drop a nuclear bomb on any location of their choosing. The results, which are shown in Google Earth generated maps, are truly horrifying.
Above is a picture of a nuclear explosion approximately one millisecond after it has begun. This picture was taken in Nevada in 1952, and you can clearly see the mysterious spikes, or strands, that hang from the bottom of the explosion. These are the results of what scientists ended up calling the Rope Trick Effect.
The Plowshare program was both a public relations ploy and a serious scientific study. It was an attempt to see if nuclear bombs could be used in peaceful constructive ways. If it had been successful, America would pretty much be humming by now.
Crooners, bright lights, the ringing of slot machines, and...atomic bombs? This strange combination became a reality in Las Vegas during the 1950s. Scheduled nuclear detonations at the Nevada Proving Ground gave plenty of opportunities to party and raise a glass to a mushroom cloud. How did this bizarre slice of…
Dropping one nuclear bomb is terrible enough—cities leveled, populations vaporized. Horrible enough on its own—but what if you dropped 183.000? Goodbye, USA. So what about obliterating the moon? We've got it.
Over 2000 nuclear tests took place between 1945 and the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1996, with the United States and Soviet Union combining for over 1700 explosions.
In 1960, an enterprising inventor named Harold C. Tifft patented the "portable shield," a device that would ostensibly protect its user from radioactive fallout until help arrived. Or if help arrived. You're sporting your coffin on your back!
NASA Scientists have tested the climate effect of what a small, regional nuclear war would do to the world and have come up with a few revealing (and quite scary) conclusions. For the purpose of the exercise, NASA termed a small, regional nuclear war as 100 Hiroshima-level bombs.