The successful Trinity nuclear test was made July 16, 1945, in which a six-kilogram sphere of plutonium, compressed to supercriticality by explosive lenses, exploded over the New Mexico desert with a force equal to approximately 20,000 tons of TNT. The Stafford Memo (original in PDF), dated 58 years ago today, is the declassified official report. Outside the use of the weapon in warfare, the risks to humans were uncertain.
Match Made in Heaven
Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, currently stationed aboard the International Space Station, and his sweetheart Ekaterina Dmitriev are making plans to wed... while he's still 240 miles overhead in Earth orbit, in the first ever wedding from space. (The bride has lived in Houston, Texas most of her life, and, fortunately for the happy couple, Texas not only allows marriage licenses to be issued when one of the parties is not physically present, but also allows marriages by proxy.)
The wedding is scheduled for August 10th; no word yet on whether Malenchenko's crewmate, astronaut Ed Lu, will serve as best man.
July 08, 2003
Got a spare $100,000 lying around? Well, you can use it to bid on this eBay auction for a tooth and some hair from Elvis. Oh, and a gold record, too. (Personally, I would never bid more than $10,000 on an auction where the seller had zero feedback, but that's just me.)
I wonder if the seller realizes that DNA can be extracted from the tooth pulp. Maybe the Raelians will buy this and clone Elvis!