Thursday, February 23, 2006

U.S., Britain Conduct Nuclear Experiment in Nevada

An AP newswire article, via ABC News, reports that:

U.S. and British government scientists performed an underground nuclear experiment, short of a nuclear blast, at the Nevada Test Site this week, the National Nuclear Security Administration said.

The experiment on Tuesday involved detonating high explosives around radioactive material in a vault about 1,000 feet below ground at a remote part of the desert testing range 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

No radioactivity was released in the subcritical experiment, said Nancy Tufano, spokeswoman for Bechtel Nevada, a contractor at the nuclear security administration in North Las Vegas.

Scientists for the first time posted a nearly eight-minute video Web log of preparations for the experiment.

National Nuclear Security Administration Public Affairs:

More here.


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