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Hydroelectric Power Plant Sabotage: Operation Gunnerside

The Norwegian heavy water sabotage was a series of operations undertaken by Norwegian saboteurs during World War II to prevent the German nuclear weapon project from acquiring heavy water from hydroelectric power, which could have been used by the Germans to produce nuclear weapons. In 1934, at Vemork, Norway, Norsk Hydro built the first commercial plant capable of producing heavy water as a byproduct of fertilizer production. It had [...]

By | 2017-12-20T08:37:38+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

J. Robert Oppenheimer: Father of the Atomic Bomb

J. Robert Oppenheimer is often called the "father of the atomic bomb" for leading the Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapon during World War II. Born in New York City in 1904, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer served as director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during the development of the atomic bomb. After the 1939 invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, Oppenheimer was selected to administer [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:29:38+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Oak Ridge: The Town that Atomic Bomb was Born

"Little Boy" bomb dropped on Hiroshima, made with uranium-235 from Oak RidgeIn 1943, after graduating from Washington and Lee University, Bill Wilcox landed a coveted job as a government chemist and was sent to a city that didn’t exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee, then known only as the Clinton Engineering Works, was conspicuously absent from any map. On 60,000 acres of farmland framed by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:01:37+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Science And Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Atomic Bomb: Trinity Test Exposed U.S. Civilians to Radiation

The world’s first atomic bomb test might have exposed unaware civilians in New Mexico to thousands of times the recommended level of public radiation exposure, according to reconstructed data in a new study. The research, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that ingestion of radioactive materials—primarily from irradiated rainwater and goat’s milk—might have been a substantial contributor to public radiation exposure that was largely [...]

By | 2017-10-30T08:44:46+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

When USS Indianapolis was hit by Japanese torpedoes in the final weeks of WWII, hundreds of crewmen jumped into the water to escape the burning ship. Surrounded by sharks, they waited for a response to their SOS. But no one had been sent to look for them. In late July 1945, USS Indianapolis had been on a special secret mission, delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:32:30+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The First Atomic Bombs: Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Atomic Bombs: By the summer of 1945, World War II had raged across several continents for six years, beginning when German forces invaded Poland in 1939. To a world grown weary of death and destruction, the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945, was welcome news. Japan, however, vowed to fight to the very end. Their resolve was evident in the Battle of Okinawa: By the time it ended [...]

By | 2017-01-01T10:51:28+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, Science And Technology, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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