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  1. brennemeister
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    Terrifyingly beautiful – I could comment, but it would pale to Oppenheimer's simple:

    "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

  2. Kennypo65
    Kennypo65 at |

    I think these videos underscore the real danger the world was in during the cold war. Also it shows why nuclear proliferation is a very bad idea.

    1. pat
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      All the more reason not to let Iran not acquire a nuclear device. Their idea of a test will be to detonate it in Israel..

  3. oakXXIII
    oakXXIII at |

    am i correct in thinking that these explosions are the result of the nucleus of ONE atom?

    i was raised at the tail end of the cold war (spy's like us anyone?) and i was forever changed by the fear mongering that was prevalent at that time (threads anyone?) and i believe we should use this technology for space travel not destruction. Gasoline in the hands of one will get you to work, in the hands of another it will burn your work down.


    1. George Johnson
      George Johnson at |

      Incorrect. It’s a chain reaction of many atoms. Once started, one atom sends off several protons I think it is, that strikes more atoms, which sends out more protons, which strike even more atoms and so on and so on….. It’s a process like 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 etc…. And it happens in less time than it takes you to blink your eye.

      And it wasn’t fear mongering. It was real fear. We came so close to thermonuclear war with Russia over Cuba, most people don’t even know just how close we were. Had another president been in office, he may very well have pushed the button. Had another primere been in charge in Russia, he may not have blinked and HE may have pushed the button.

      Yeah, we were SO close….. Yet it was all played down like “nothing to see here, go about your business….” That was not fear mongering.

      As said elsewhere here, Iran may very well push their buttons. If it comes to thermonuclear war, they will be the ones to start it. And why not?? They already think they’re going to initiate the second coming. The key word there is “Initiate”, that means START, with their help.

      Not to mention that little gargoyle in North Korea. They might be the ones also. Give us more stuff, or we’ll launch a rocket at South Korea!! BOOM!!! And it’s all over. We protect the south, China and Russia protect the North, we retaliate against them, they retaliate against us, Israel comes to our aid, and so on and so on…. until there’s nothing left but ashes, bacteria and cockroaches.

      Then, in a couple million years, a humanoid may walk the earth again….

      That’s not fear mongering. What North Korea does is fear mongering. What Iran does, what Iraq did, was fear mongering.

      1. mike
        mike at |

        In resposne to what George Johnson said, “Itâ??s a chain reaction of many atoms.” Then you say it’s actually protons hitting other atoms. Then technically wouldn’t it be protons into atoms chain reaction? Next you say, “one atom sends off several protons I think it is, that strikes more atoms, which sends out more protons, which strike even more atoms and so on and so onâ?¦.. Itâ??s a process like 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 etcâ?¦.” Now, I’m no scientist but don’t they use uranium 238 because of the vast number of free electrons? I don’t think it would be protons at all, because of the fast neutrons and 6 valence electrons, which if I remember are the farthest out from the nucleus and thus are the free electrons. So, in theory if the splitting is actually the nucleus, it seems to me it would be the neutrons set free to slam into other atoms of uranium 238. Now, I wonder what happens to the protons and electrons now without the neutrons to balance everything out. Seems to me it should collapse on itself and create one of those mini black holes.
        Now with 92 protons and 92 electrons and between 141 and 146 neutrons, I believe the numbers would be much higher than 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 etc. In addition, I believe the multiplication would be closer to being squared rather than merely doubled, hence 238, 56644, 3208542736, 10294746488738362696, etc. Now that sounds like a nuclear explosion to me.
        All of that measured in nana-seconds.
        If all the nuclear warheads in the whole world were to be launched all at once or even enough of them to set off the rest, who is to say if that enough to split the earth just like a big atom. Why stop there, the earth splitting causing a chain reaction splitting either our sun or a neighbor’s and on and on untill the whole universe explodes then collapses on itself and then you have it. The end of the universe. Hopefully the collapse will become so dense it explodes into a brand new big bang. Wait roughly 6.5 billion years and do it again.
        Either that or go ahead and believe the USA landed right there at the 4 river beds that met at the garden of eden and believe that we just skip the Ape step. But we actually found bones. Then again there is that bible 12 drunken men wrote.
        I have one question. If aliens helped build the giza pyramids, then why don’t they look better. Why wouldn’t the Egyptians be more interested in building a space ship like they were piloting.

        1. Ray
          Ray at |

          Sounds like you have got it all figured out professor Mike. Why don’t they just put everything in your hands smart guy, sounds like you got inside knowledge on just about everything! Please! Gimme a break!

  4. Masa
    Masa at |

    I think they did use some kind of tricky photography in #5 (Ivy Mike).

    Check this out:

    Ultra-Fast Nuclear Detonation Pictures

  5. dan
    dan at |

    what is the music in the #1 clip? anyone know?

    1. Buzzer
      Buzzer at |

      The music is from the movie, The Good, The Bad & Ugly.

      The songs name is: Ennio Morricone – L'Estasi Dell'oro (The Ecstasy of Gold)

  6. oli
    oli at |

    @dan, theme from The Good, The Bad and Thee Ugly if I'm not mistaken.

    @oakXXIII, no. the core is much more than just one atom.

  7. George Johnson
    George Johnson at |

    Incredible raw beauty, too bad it was used for the purpose of destruction and not construction. When used properly, it can be a powerful tool, but it’s got such a bad reputation, we can’t even use it for anything peaceful except medicine. Just try to build a nuke reactor in the US. Hell, just try to even get rid of the waste!

    The air/space blasts are truly remarkable. In one of them, they even caused electrical problems (like black out), something like 650 miles away. On some of the (not here), you notice what looks like lightning strikes around the blast. I believe those are caused the EMP near the ground, the bomb basically shorted out. But in space…. those “lightning strikes” are free to travel quite a ways because of the earths magnetic field.

    If anybody wanted to wipe us out, they won’t drop the bomb, they’ll do it in space and create a HUGE EMP. That will send us back to the stone age in milliseconds. From there, we’ll starve and just die out from lack of food, electricity etc…. lack of education of how to survive.

  8. Cináed
    Cináed at |

    Half of the videos have been taken down. Might be an idea to update the article?


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