November 19, 2008

Hiroshima: The Lost Photographs

One rainy night eight years ago, in Watertown, Massachusetts, a man was taking his dog for a walk. On the curb, in front of a neighbor's house, he spotted a pile of trash: old mattresses, cardboard boxes, a few broken lamps. Amidst the garbage he caught sight of a battered suitcase. He bent down, turned the case on its side and popped the clasps.

He was surprised to discover that the suitcase was full of black-and-white photographs. He was even more astonished by their subject matter: devastated buildings, twisted girders, broken bridges - snapshots from an annihilated city. He quickly closed the case and made his way back home.

At the kitchen table, he looked through the photographs again and confirmed what he had suspected. He was looking at something he had never seen before: the effects of the first use of the Atomic bomb. The man was looking at Hiroshima.

In a dispassionate and scientific style, the seven hundred and one photographs inside the suitcase catalogued a city seared by a new form of warfare. The origin and purpose of the photographs were a mystery to the man who found them that night. Now, over sixty years after the bombing of Hiroshima, their story can be told. more...

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Securing the Bomb 2008

The Nuclear Threat Initiative has released its annual "Securing the Bomb" report, which focuses largely on what the federal government is doing and needs to do to reduce the chance of nuclear terrorism. [via Armchair Generalist]

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November 18, 2008

K-25 demolition may start in December

Bechtel Jacobs could begin demolition of the west wing of the K-25 building by mid-December, if the readiness reviews turn out OK. That's the latest word from the Dept. of Energy.

[via Knoxville News]

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