to Build a Thermonuclear (Hydrogen) Bomb
- By the end of WWII, it was possible to build atomic
bombs using fission (the splitting of atoms) that
could create explosions equal to several hundred
tons of TNT. Scientists suspected, however, that
even more powerful weapons could be built by forcing
atoms together, an effect called fusion. The United
States tested the first of these mega-weapons in
1952 with a blast equal to 10.4 million tons of
TNT. How are these thermonuclear super bombs built?
the Curator: Gravitational
Waves - I hear that
scientists have discovered gravitational waves.
What is the significance of finding gravitational
waves and how might they advance future technology?
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