“The peaceful atom”

Using nuclear warheads for peaceful purposes, but mostly blowing up stuff. Wired has this very interesting article of proposed and tired non-military uses for nukes. After all, as they put it, we have over 23,000 warheads, why not put them to use?

As Livermore Lab physicist Edward Teller, known as the father of the hydrogen bomb and a backer of Plowshare, wrote in 1963: “The discussion of the peaceful applications of nuclear explosives has produced some concrete ideas that surely can be realized and it has also produced some promising possibilities which for the time being we must consider as dreams. First, we shall mention those applications about which we can feel quite sure. They boil down to a single fact: We can make a hole in the earth — if anybody wants to do that.”

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