From Nuclear Weapon to Children's Toy

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Rene Burri

Here, we see children riding the casing for a nuclear weapon.

The casing is like the one that contained Fat Man, one of the two nuclear bombs that the United States dropped on Japan at the end of World War II. Americans deployed the original Fat Man on Nagasaki, where it killed an estimated 74,000 people. The casing you see above is located at White Sands Missile Range, near the Trinity Site, where the first Bomb was tested.

Via Alex Wellerstein, nuclear historian at the American Institute of Physics

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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