The late 1930’s was an interesting time in the world of science and politics. In Europe the constantly warring countries were at it again, forming alliances and creating enemies with their quests to take over lands with natural resources that their own countries were lacking. Bloodshed and genocide were driven to new heights as the second World War tooled up into unprecedented production levels. The need of raw materials for their war machines, sent invaders out to the 4 corners of the earth in search of elements that play havoc with human life or their infrastructure. Conventional explosives are created with acids by using the physics of the outer electron rings in molecules to speed up chemical reactions to the rate where human flesh is ripped from its collagen framework. In larger quantities it can compromise the steel structure of a bridge and send a train loaded with war materials into the river below. At this time, scientists were experimenting with the nucleus of an atom and saw the potential for much larger energy releases. More bang in smaller packages. The race was on for a nuclear weapon. When the United States was dragged into the war on December 7th, 1941, a single letter signed by Albert Einstein to the President started the Manhattan Project. With the US teaming up with England and Canada in the research, the goal was to attain a superior weapon before Germany did. They chased 2 elements that looked promising, uranium and man-made plutonium. They built huge machines to extract the desired components. After 3 years, 2 types of weapons were successful and both were used on Japan. One retired 36,000 cubic feet machine known as REACTOR B, can be viewed by the public. It was instrumental in the HUMAN VAPORIZATION PROGRAM (H.V.P.), that still exists today. Its sole purpose was to make plutonium to vaporize enemies. However, it cannot differentiate between enemies and innocent people, so it vaporizes both equally well. Hey, nothing is ever perfect. 

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