World War, United States, Cold War discussed on Science Fantastic Live with Dr. Michio Kaku


The consequences of the building and um now assembling of large numbers maybe sixty thousand nuclear warheads so places like the hanford nuclear reservation in washington state where the uh weapons material was made for the bombs were exploited in the second world war you know these are super fun sites where we have leaking tanks have radiactive materials the soviets no know attention to this problem was was probably less careful and even the united states and so there are are areas of uh you know radioactive contamination uh radioactive materials that leftover they've got these and uh nuclear warheads all of these posed you know some very considerable challenges to us with regard to the storage of radioactive materials and what's in there a horrendous nuclear accident back the 1950s when a plutonium dump near question in the ural mountains exploded and releasing large quantities of volatile plutonium vapors in the whole area contaminating the village i mean there were some pretty bad weapons accidents back than they were totally hushed up right sure i mean of course who are in the midst of the cold war so the um you know knowledge of the exact events of this what's what's highlyguarded one of the hospitals where i work in moscow his a or at least was a secret facility uh call the institute of biophysics and um you know all of the victims of uh the soviet weapons program i've were brought there and you know there was no possible way that uh a non party member cricket ethan near that institution and even as the cold war was progressing with these horrendous nuclear accidents weren't there tremendous advances on the medical front with radio medicine with pudding tracers inside the body to trace the flow of chemicals wasn't they really a breakthrough in terms of being able to analyse the human body using wade the asian now i i think that um you know for mendes advances have been made i think you know ct scans or cat skins were computerized tomography scans are pretty much known to your entire audience know something like eighty million of them were done last year so you know roughly one in every five wondering every four americans on average at a ct scan kissed last year this has permeated um medical practice in some people refer to a ct scan as the modern equivalent of a.

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