The United States began its postwar atomic weapons testing program in 1946. Over the following 16 years, hundreds of thousands of troops were subjected to radiation in various experiments, according to this New York Times report. Here are some of their stories.
It’s impossible to forget just how immense the destructive power of a nuclear weapon is, but there is nothing quite like watching an explosion to hit that point home. These videos capture the test detonations of various nuclear weapons, letting us witness the immediate effects safely behind our computer screens.
In an effort to upgrade its aging nuclear weapons and accompanying silos, the Air Force is exploring the possibility of chauffeuring its missiles around in a massive, underground network of tunnels. Driving Miss Daisy, meet the Apocalypse.
This creepy guy is made out of decommissioned nuclear weapons parts. Artist Tony Price (1937-2000) discovered the Zia Salvage Yard at the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory and used the debris in his art. The one above is my favorite, and not just because it's called "First Mutant Man Born Without An Asshole." More of…