TIL that the destruction of Hiroshima was caused by only half a gram of matter being converted to energy: the weight of a butterfly

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  1. In chemistry we learned that you can, theoretically, split atoms in any substance, and it would create similarly huge explosions. They use radioactive substances because it’s so unstable, relatively, and therefore easier.

  2. This was also covered in a fantastic book “Command and Control” by Eric Schlosser a fascinating history of the Nuclear weapon sector in the US and the safety (or lack thereof) from inception up to the present day.

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