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Short Clips of Historical Nuclear Weapons Test Films from the DOE OpenNet Database.
posted by kliuless (14 comments total)

 
For those looking for stills, the High Energy Weapons Archive has a comprehensive Gallery of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing
posted by zeb vance at 5:26 PM on November 5, 2001


Great timing. I just finished this story on nuclear proliferation. At least I'll know what to look for. (shiver)
posted by lbergstr at 6:53 PM on November 5, 2001


That blowed up real good.
posted by shinybeast at 6:54 PM on November 5, 2001


yeah, like i didn't know you could launch a nuke out of a howitzer.

um, they're also available as mpegs... just thought i should mention that in case anyone wanted to have some editing fun. some of the narration is really great :)
posted by kliuless at 7:28 PM on November 5, 2001


Nuclear explosions just rule (unless dropped on people of course) Call me crazy but somehow I believe they will ultimately be a force for good. True, I used to worry about their potential to wipe out life on earth, but subsequent discoveries of chemosynthetic bacteria clustered around deep sea vents put my mind at ease. From a cosmological viewpoint, unless you can blast loose with massive gamma ray nutcake energy releases- you just ain't a playa. I think as we further develop this technology, human intelligence will experience a phase change, and we will become Gods.
posted by quercus at 8:51 PM on November 5, 2001


The article Ibergstr points to is a good one, and the article itself links to a PDF file entitled A Report Card on the Department of Energyfs Nonproliferation Programs with Russia. Just one little goodie from a 53-page paper chock full of yummy tidbits:

"We do not know for sure the amount of nuclear weapons-usable materials produced by the Soviet Union, nor the extent to which additional materials are still being produced. Similarly, we do not know every storage location for this material. More than 1,000 metric tons of HEU and at least 150 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium exist in the Russian nuclear weapons complex, but even these figures may be less than the true totals because no
comprehensive inventory exists."

Yeeesh.
posted by Bixby23 at 12:07 AM on November 6, 2001




For dvds full of nuclear weapon testing, check out:

Trinity and Beyond
Nukes in Space
Atomic Journeys

(which are also in one dvd set: Atomic Bomb Collection. Sorry to sound like a commerical, but there are some great images here.)

Has anyone gone on the Nevada Test Site tours?
posted by gluechunk at 1:05 AM on November 6, 2001


<offtopic>
I think as we further develop this technology, human intelligence will experience a phase change, and we will become Gods.

I think silicon technology is more likely to drive a phase change than uranium or plutonium. You might like a paper I read again recently by Vernor Vinge.
not allowed to say where I found it :P
</offtopic>
posted by walrus at 3:56 AM on November 6, 2001


Interesting paper Walrus. Nice vision of a silicon saturated future where tyrannical networks rule over headless human clones. Except its reality. You can't disconnect from the net-the net can disconnect you though.
this is why we need nuclear weapons. to handle these damn things when push comes to shove.
I have started the NNA as the successor to the NRA. The National Nuclear Association's mission statement is to uphold humanity's second amendment rights to self defense against marauding bands of rogue computing intelligence.
posted by quercus at 5:22 AM on November 6, 2001


The National Nuclear Association's mission statement is to uphold humanity's second amendment rights to self defense against marauding bands of rogue computing intelligence.

Great! Where do I sign up? (This sounds even more fun than building my own Tesla coil).
posted by walrus at 6:08 AM on November 6, 2001


Here

is some more recent nukes.

Niahmas
posted by Niahmas at 6:58 AM on November 6, 2001


Mmm... Apocalyptalicious.
posted by y2karl at 6:35 AM on November 7, 2001


Can anyone find me footage of the Daisy Cutter bomb? Now that I need to see.
posted by adampsyche at 7:17 AM on November 7, 2001


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