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Nuclear bombs contain uranium atoms, and when detonated they become more powerful than any other weapon ever made. During the Cold War both the US and the Soviet Union spent millions on inventing new and improved nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons have the potential to destroy the human race. The US and Russia have enough nuclear weapons from the Cold War to destroy the human race many times over. (3) In a large nuclear attack it is estimated that fifty million Americans would die and over time more and more would die from radiation.
Hahn and Strassman found that the neutrons split the nuclei of the uranium in half producing radioactive barium and krypton (Rhodes 18). Rhodes explains that the physicists observed that the reaction was extremely exothermic, producing about ten times the energy needed for the fission to occur. After publishing their findings, physicists all over the world recreated the experiment. After conducting his own fission experiment, Enrico Fermi, an Italian physicist at Colombia University, said, “A little bomb like that and it would all disappear” (qtd. Rhodes 19).
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Plutonium and uranium are used to create fission. The atoms fused are those of the isotopes of hydrogen, deuterium or tritium. The fusion and fission from a thermonuclear weapon result in large amounts of radiation that can be fatal to humans and animals and can also cause many other effects. Short-term physical effects One short-term effect of a nuclear war would, of course, be the deaths of millions of people. It has been estimated that an attack on U.S. populations centers by 100 one-megaton nuclear weapons would kill up to 20 percent of the population immediately through blast, heat, ground shock, and instant radiation effects.
Almost 64,000 years after the first weapon was developed, man has machinated an armament that is unfathomably more destructive and precarious than the antiquated bow and arrow: the nuclear bomb. The use of the nuclear bomb can never be justified because its negative effects cannot counterbalance its ,so-called, positive effects. The offset of the nuclear bomb not only harms the human race but also holds detrimental chronic effects on the environment. One of the most deadly effects of the nuclear bomb is the radiation that is emitted from it. The discharge of radiation is only subjected to the detonation of a nuclear bomb.
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