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
Nevada nuclear test site
FOR decades the US government remained tight-lipped about this mysterious section of land in the middle of nowhere. The CIA officially acknowledged it in 2013 but its exact use remains secret - but here's what we know about this mysterious place. Deep in the Nevada desert is the highly secretive base known as Area 51. Located 100 miles north of Las Vegas in Nevada, it is classified as a US military installation. The patch of fenced off land, measuring six by ten miles, is tucked between a US Air Force base and an abandoned nuclear testing ground. For years the US government denied it even existed. But in 2013 the CIA officially acknowledged its existence and its location was revealed. Declassified documents reveal it was originally somewhere for the Army Air Corp pilots to practise their aerial gunnery. During the Cold War experimental aircraft and weapons systems were tested here. This included the high altitude U-2 spy plane. Its current use is unknown and remains a … [Read more...] about Where is Area 51, how is it connected to aliens and what are the Roswell UFO conspiracy theories?
The Euro 2008 has been a great tournament, but if one believes a warning issued on Tuesday, June 24 by the American embassy in Germany, the upcoming match between the Germans and the Turks could also be hazardous to your health. American diplomats are apparently worried that innocent Yanks could be injured if they blunder into public viewing areas with their guard down. "Because of the high fan interest in this prestigious semi-final elimination game between Germany and Turkey, there exists the possibility that disturbances, including violent disturbances may occur before, during or after the match, which begins at 20:45," wrote the embassy. Diplomats particularly cautioned against public viewing areas in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. "At a minimum, post-game celebrations will likely result in traffic congestion in larger cities," read the embassy statement. "Crowds celebrating previous German and/or Turkish victories have blocked streets and rocked vehicles attempting to pass … [Read more...] about US Embassy To Yanks: Be Wary of Soccer-Crazed Germans
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?