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70 Years Since the First A-Bomb, Humanity Still Lives in Its Afterglow

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  • 70 Years Since the First A-Bomb, Humanity Still Lives in Its Afterglow

    A few more bombs and we will all be glow sticks in the dark . . .

    Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/70-years-since-the-first-a-bomb-humanity-still-lives-in-its-afterglow/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150716



    70 Years Since the First A-Bomb, Humanity Still Lives in Its Afterglow

    Iran’s attempt to develop nuclear weapons will not be the last challenge faced in a journey that began with the world’s first fission bomb test during World War II

    The nuclear problem with Iran started 70 years ago in the desert of New Mexico. July 16, 1945, was a day with two dawns: the latter powered by hydrogen atoms fusing at a comfortable remove of 150 million kilometers. The earlier one entailed a blinding flash of white light fading away as the Trinity test of an atomic bomb exploded at 5:29 A.M. local time—“Up n' atom,” as the slogan for kids went from a little later in the new Atomic Age.

    One dawn means a sky smeared with pink clouds drifting in a baby blue sky, accompanied by a chorus of birds singing in a wide flat valley carved by the Rio Grande and its tributaries. The other means a deafening roar that follows in the wake of a blinding flash and the world's first nuclear mushroom cloud.

    The Trinity site within the White Sands Missile Range looks the same today as it does in color footage posted by the U.S. Department of Energy of preparations for the first plutonium bomb test. Tumbleweeds skip and hop across this dry and dusty land, the Russian imports piling up against barbed wire fences. A black-and-white film records the Trinity test, the explosion of a little gray sphere covered in wires, bolts and plugs atop a giant erector set reminiscent of an oil derrick. Scrawny geeks in white T-shirts with pencils behind their ears work in the innards of the Trinity bomb before it is raised carefully, ever so gingerly into position and left overnight.

    Like the sacred site of some kind of new religion, the secretive missile range opens up to show Trinity twice a year, on a Saturday in spring and fall. So on another beautiful day in the high desert, I joined a procession of cars heading out into the scrubland and queuing up in a line that stretches for kilometers to pass through the Stallion Gate at the north end of the range that stretches for some 160 kilometers to the south through the region known as Jornada del Muerte, or Route of the Dead, a name given long before the nuclear test or the establishment of the missile range. Cattle graze placidly near the road while minivans wait at the turnoff, hawking "trinitite"—the new, greenish, flecked mineral produced by sand and dirt melted by the Trinity blast—for just $20 a pebble. Protesters hold up signs like "Speaking up for those silenced by the bombs" and "We are the Trinity downwinders."

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    Glendower: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
    Hotspur: Why, so can I, or so can any man;
    But will they come when you do call for them? Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, Act III:

    go with the flow the river knows . . .

    Frank

    I do not know, therefore everything is in pencil.

  • #2
    So that's where the term up and atom came from?
    "Kahahaha! Let's get lunatic!"-Add LP
    "And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility"-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Oh ye of little fiber. Do you not know what I've done for you? You will obey. ~Cerealman for Prez.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Cerealman View Post
      So that's where the term up and atom came from?
      Assuming you're not just being silly, the actual term is "up and at 'em". The meaning is to get going on a quest or project. It is generally attributed from a command to attack the French issued by the Duke of Wellington to his troops at Waterloo - "'Up, guards, and at 'em."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by HMS_Beagle View Post
        Assuming you're not just being silly, the actual term is "up and at 'em". The meaning is to get going on a quest or project. It is generally attributed from a command to attack the French issued by the Duke of Wellington to his troops at Waterloo - "'Up, guards, and at 'em."
        The article said up n atom or something like that, so if it was a joke it went way over my head.
        "Kahahaha! Let's get lunatic!"-Add LP
        "And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility"-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
        Oh ye of little fiber. Do you not know what I've done for you? You will obey. ~Cerealman for Prez.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by HMS_Beagle View Post
          Assuming you're not just being silly, the actual term is "up and at 'em". The meaning is to get going on a quest or project. It is generally attributed from a command to attack the French issued by the Duke of Wellington to his troops at Waterloo - "'Up, guards, and at 'em."

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