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

When We Lost an Unexploded Nuclear Bomb Off the Coast of Georgia

The United States did not have a good year in 1958, especially when it came to transporting nuclear weapons. There was the incident where a nuclear bomb was dropped on a little girl's playhouse. There was the plane carrying a nuclear warhead that caught fire and burned for seven hours, in Morocco. » 5/04/12 1:00pm 5/04/12 1:00pm

Wild Vegas parties celebrated atomic bomb tests of the 1950s

Crooners, bright lights, the ringing of slot machines, and...atomic bombs? This strange combination became a reality in Las Vegas during the 1950s. Scheduled nuclear detonations at the Nevada Proving Ground gave plenty of opportunities to party and raise a glass to a mushroom cloud. How did this bizarre slice of… » 4/18/12 7:00am 4/18/12 7:00am