Atomic tests help prove that we grow new neurons in our brains

We used to think that the human brain was unchanging once a person reached maturity. Not true. One of the things that helped debunk this idea was the most destructive weapon ever created. This is what nuclear bombs proved about the human brain. » 7/11/13 4:00pm 7/11/13 4:00pm

The mysterious spikes on a nuclear explosion

Above is a picture of a nuclear explosion approximately one millisecond after it has begun. This picture was taken in Nevada in 1952, and you can clearly see the mysterious spikes, or strands, that hang from the bottom of the explosion. These are the results of what scientists ended up calling the Rope Trick Effect. » 2/22/13 7:20am 2/22/13 7:20am

Rare and eerie photos from an early atomic bomb test

In the first half of 1955, the United States performed more than a dozen tests of atomic weapons in Nevada, studying the destructive power of the country's most powerful weapons. These photos, from the 44th nuclear test explosion ever performed on US soil, capture the varied effects. » 5/26/12 11:00am 5/26/12 11:00am

An interview with a woman who survived the 1958 atomic bombing of South…

On the afternoon of March 11, 1958, Ella Hudson was nine years old and visiting her cousins' home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina. After an otherwise normal school day wrapped up, Ella had the bizarre pleasure of witnessing firsthand the United States Air Force accidentally drop a nuclear weapon — with its fissile… » 5/08/12 9:20am 5/08/12 9:20am

Using Atomic Bombs To Sniff Out Counterfeit Wine

Never say that nuclear warfare is good for nothing. The dastardly criminal enterprise of counterfeiting fine wines took a major hit recently with the announcement of a new method for determining vintages that relies on atomic blasts. » 3/22/10 12:00pm 3/22/10 12:00pm