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The rise and fall of the American fallout shelter

The rise and fall of the American fallout shelter

“4…3…2…1” “T-Zero!” This is the Operation Ivy nuclear test in 1952. And this is using a level for really nice masonry on your fallout shelter. It’s from 1960’s Walt Builds a Family Fallout Shelter. The idea was that you’d deck out your basement so you’d be safe when the bomb went off and this happened. …

“How I Survived Chernobyl”

My name is Sasha Yuvchenko, and I would like to tell you the story of how I survived one of the worst man-made disasters the world has ever seen. On April 25th, 1986, I was working at the heart of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant when the No. 4 nuclear reactor exploded. The blast was …

Marie Curie: “Walk It Off” | SUNG HISTORY

Marie Curie: “Walk It Off” | SUNG HISTORY

Celebrated scientist, Marie Curie was a force to be reckoned with. Her research on the dangerous elements Radium and Polonium included a great deal of exposure to radioactive material in her lab. To combat what we now know was “radiation poisoning” Marie Curie advocated nature walks and organized aerobics. For the first time since 1928 …

History’s deadliest colors – J. V. Maranto

History’s deadliest colors – J. V. Maranto

In 1898, Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium. Claimed to have restorative properties, radium was added to toothpaste, medicine, water, and food. A glowing, luminous green, it was also used in beauty products and jewelry. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century we realized that radium’s harmful effects as a radioactive element outweighed its visual benefits. …