SHOCKING images show soldiers risk their lives as they oversee nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s...after being told the dangers of radiation last just 90 seconds.Video footage of the Nevada desert blasts shed light on just how little was known about the deadly weapons 60 years ago.Produced as a promotional video for the American military in 1955, the video shows soldiers taking shelter in trenches as the bomb is dropped less than five miles away from them.And just a few minutes after the initial explosion and debris has cleared the soldiers begin marching toward the bomb site, clearly unaware of the risks involved.With the Second World War effectively being ended by an atomic bomb, the post-war period saw an unprecedented arms race between the world’s two new superpowers, the USSR and America.The USSR acquired the bomb in 1949, four years after the Americans, and with tensions building between the two conflicting ideologies of capitalism and communism the question of "who has … [Read more...] about Amazing video of 1950s nuclear bomb tests show soldiers risking radiation poisoning by marching over the blast site moments later
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In 2016, 10 new nuclear reactors went online - and two more in the first half of 2017, according to the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report published Tuesday. Six of these new nuclear power plants are based in China, which now ranks third on the list of the "big five" nuclear generating countries after the United States and France. The big five make up 70 percent of the world's nuclear energy, while the US and France account for almost half of global nuclear energy generation. In this time period, only four reactors were shut down. As nuclear reactors continue to go online, the question of what to do with nuclear waste becomes all the more pressing - and still hasn't been answered properly. In September this year, Germany begins the search to find a final storage solution for nuclear waste. A special commission is to scour the country for a suitable geological site to build a deep repository, where it can bury the toxic legacy of decades of nuclear … [Read more...] about Nuclear waste: Where to store it for eternity?