In 1966 after failing for 3 years to extinguish a gas well fire Soviet authorities decided to use a 30kt atomic bomb. It was detonated at a depth of 1,500m, crushing the well and extinguishing the flames in seconds. Following this success the same technique was use on 4 other well fires. This was carried out as part of the government’s amusingly named “Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy” program.
William Higinbotham, the man who made the world’s first video game, was also a member of the team which made the world’s first nuclear bomb.
Deadline is 1944 sci-fi story about the use of nuclear bomb. It includes topics such as uranium enrichment, methods of isotopic separation and moral questions about the weapon. Author had no knowledge of Manhattan project and came up with the idea from scientific journals.
Five officers once volunteered to stand directly under an exploding nuclear bomb. The only non-volunteer was the camera man.
In 1976, an underachieving Princeton junior undergraduate wrote a term paper describing how to make a nuclear bomb. He got an “A”, but never got his paper back because it was seized by the FBI.
Five men agreed to stand directly under an exploding nuclear bomb. All died at ripe old ages.