Atomic Hangovers

Every Nuke Test In The World

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On July 16, 1945 in the New Mexico desert the world was introduced to a new kind of weapon. One that caused J. Robert Oppenheimer to quote the Bhagavad Gita and say, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” It was both a triumphal test — the culmination of years of work by thousands of people — and the opening of a Pandora’s box. After that test, the world would be a different place. After that test, the world would be a scarier place.

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Farewell BREN, We Hardly Knew Ye

During the heyday of nuclear testing, a giant tower was built out in the Nevada desert so an unshielded reactor could be placed at the top in order to see just how much radiation made it to the ground. The BREN tower was the tallest man made structure in the US that nobody knew about, but alas, her time has passed. On May 23, the tower was demolished with explosives (yes, there is video, but honestly the tower is so tall and the cameras so far away it is a bit anti-climactic), so let’s take a look back a piece of atomic history to commemorate.

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