Today I learned about the U.S. Air Force's doomsday weapon, SLAM. The rocket was designed to fly fast and low over the Soviet Union, dropping hydrogen bombs over predetermined targets while its unshielded nuclear reactor contaminated everything in it's path. popularmechanics.com/mili…
The first hydrogen bomb test, Ivy Mike, with a payload of over 10 megatons completely erased the island of Elugelab off the map. large.stanford.edu/course…
Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet's most efficient bioreactors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
The Bopal Chemical Disaster in India, where a methyl-isocyanate leak (500 times deadlier than hydrogen cyanide) from a factory killed more than 8000 residents in one night. The MIC leak went undetected due to the factory's earlier removal of the alarm siren in order to not disturb its neighbours theguardian.com/environme…
The healing/soothing properties of Aloe arborescens only became known to the West after it was shown to be effective in treating radiation victims of the Hiroshima Hydrogen bomb. Aloes, native to southern Africa, were found to be effective at relieving x-ray burns. pza.sanbi.org/aloe-arbore…
Early airships like the Zeppelins were made using hundreds of thousands of cow intestines to contain the hydrogen gas pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/f…
Honey doesn't spoil even after thousands of years, like pots of it found still preserved in Egyptian tombs. It is highly acidic and low in moisture making it inhospitable for anything that tries to grow and bees have an enzyme that leaves hydrogen peroxide as a byproduct of breaking nectar down. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In WW1, the German military ramped up zeppelin production to the point that Germany ceased production of sausages because the intestinal linings of cows that were used in sausages were required to make the skins of the zeppelins’ hydrogen chambers. history.com/news/londons-…
The US accidentally created an artificial radiation belt around the earth in 1962, by detonating an hydrogen bomb in the upper atmosphere. It resulted in the destruction or damaging of 30% of the satellites in lower earth orbit, and knocked out electric devices 1 300 km away from the blast ctbto.org/specials/testin…
Around 65% of the mass of the human body is from oxygen, followed by carbon ay 18.5% and hydrogen at 9.5%. foresight.org/Nanomedicin…
Brine lakes exist at the bottom of the ocean. It is heavier than water and extremely toxic, since there are many chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide and methane in it. amusingplanet.com/2018/11…
A hydrogen bomb is actually a package of three bombs: One conventional bomb casing, one regular atomic fission bomb and one fusion bomb. youtu.be/fYuVzbIu_8o
Einstein’s theory of special relativity explains why a star can burn for billions of years without running out of fuel. If you can measure potential energy by multiplying mass by the speed of light squared, that means an average adult stores 30 large hydrogen bomb explosions worth of energy. iperceptive.com/works/sho…
Metallic Hydrogen will propel explorers to the outer planets, and create superconducting electrical grids. inverse.com/article/26969…
The largest hydrogen bomb ever set off, the Tsar Bomba, produced negligible nuclear fallout and the testing site was safe to occupy soon after detonation. youtu.be/nbC7BxXtOlo
A special 90mm solar telescope can show thousands of small (by solar standards) columns of hydrogen plasma in profile at the edge of the Sun. These short-lived features, as long as the diameter of the Earth, merge together to give the Sun’s edge a β€˜furry’ appearance skyatnightmagazine.com/re…
There is an English book on atomic theory that avoids all foreign loan words: elements become "firststuffs", hydrogen is "waterstuff", and the title, Uncleftish Beholding, means Atomic Theory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
In the 2002 movie "The Time Machine", by 2030, people have established a large Moon base, and ads are touting lunar resorts, which will be created by detonating 20-megaton hydrogen bombs to create huge spherical caverns futuristmovies.com/index.…
Hydrogen exists as a metal on other planets wikipedia.org/wiki/Metall…
That, when threatened, the yellow-spotted millipede or Harpaphe haydeniana curls up into a ball and exudes hydrogen cianide on its predator, accompanied by the characteristic smell of toasted almonds, being lethal to rodents and birds. It uses chemical warfare on its victims! blog.nature.org/science/2…
Today I learned of a lake in West Papua, Indonesia that is filled with jellyfish. These jellyfish have such a minor sting that tourists visiting the island can swim among the jellyfish without any protection. The lake also has a toxic hydrogen sulfide layer that prevents deep diving activities. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Doubly labeled water is water in which both the hydrogen and the oxygen have been partly or completely replaced with an uncommon isotope of these elements for tracing purposes. In particular, DLW can be used to measure the average daily metabolic rate of an organism over a period of time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
NASA calculated that you only need 40 digits of Pi to calculate the circumference of the observable universe, to the accuracy of 1 hydrogen atom jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/201…
Smelling hydrogen sulfide (AKA farts) is good for your health, as a study conducted by the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and University of Texas says. healthline.com/health/dig…
The sun is made up of plasma where hydrogen accounts for about 73.4% of the total mass or 92% of the total number of atoms. The other basic building block is helium, which accounts for 25% of the mass or 7.8% of the total number of atoms. Every second 6 million tons of hydrogen turns into helium needforscience.com/astron…
The 320th VLA was the only black combat unit to take part in the D-Day landings . The mission of the 621-man assault force was to raise hydrogen-filled barrage balloons to protect assaulting infantry and armor from being strafed by enemy aircraft . airandspace.si.edu/storie…
Gases produced from most foods are actually odorless. But certain foods result in the formation of sulfur-containing gases like hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, so when it builds up in the colon and eventually gets released, the result can carry a rotten egg-like odor. menshealth.com/health/a19…
A telescope designed to view the H-alpha emission produced by excited hydrogen can show granulations on the solar surface and great detail in the sunspot regions. The H-alpha filter must be designed to produce a very narrow pass band around the wavelength of 6,562.8 Γ…ngstrΓΆms for safe viewing ianmorison.com/h-alpha-so…
In 1897 a Swedish Balloonist and his two colleagues began their nationally covered journey to fly over the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon. Four decades later a whaling ship came across their remains on a small arctic island, having crashed and perished in the tough arctic climate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The belief that "lactic acid" causes muscular "burn" while exercising is FALSE. It's actually "the breakdown of ATP for energy creates the release of hydrogen ions in the bloodstream" that causes the burn. trackandfieldnews.com/tra…
Archaeologists routinely find edible honey in ancient Egyptian tombs - the stuff never spoils, due to extremely low water-content, very low pH, and hydrogen peroxide (made by an enzyme in the bees' stomachs). smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about the Bombadier Beetle. The beetle stores two chemicals (hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide) in its abdomen and, when threatened, mixes them and ejects them from their abdomen in a chemical spray (with a popping sound!) that can reach boiling temperatures. nwf.org/Educational-Resou…
Neutron radiation from deuterium nuclear fusion can be exploited by breeding more deuterium from ordinary hydrogen. semanticscholar.org/paper…
The physicist John Wheeler once calculated that if one took all the heavy water in all the oceans of the world, one could build a hydrogen bomb that would compress matter at the center so much that a black hole would be created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The thing your body uses to neutralize germs is just hydrogen peroxide made in your white blood cells, and white blood cells navigate to wounds and infections by detecting hydrogen peroxide. hms.harvard.edu/news/hydr…
With the introduction of small portable solar scopes, hydrogen alpha and calcium filters has now become very popular. H-alpha is in the red end of the visible solar spectrum and it allows one to see solar prominences, filaments, plages and occasional flares on the Sun popastro.com/main_spa1/so…
America accidentally dropped a nuke on South Carolina in 1958 and two Hydrogen bombs on North Carolina in 1961. The traditional explosives on the nuke exploded, while only a low voltage trigger kept one of the H-bombs from detonating. huffpost.com/entry/that-o…
Jupiter and Saturn are called "gas giants, while Uranus and Neptune are called "ice giants." Gas giants are made of mostly hydrogen and helium with small cores of rock and ice, while ice giants have thin outer shells of hydrogen and helium, with mantles of compressed, slushy water and ammonia. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
The U.S. narrowly escaped detonating a hydrogen bomb over North Carolina in 1961 when the B-52 bomber carrying it crashed. Three of the four safety mechanisms in the bomb that had deployed its parachute had become unlocked during its plunge to the ground. history.com/news/document…
Uranus smells like farts because its atmosphere consists largely of hydrogen sulfide. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives flatulence its repulsive smell, can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and help stave off dementia nypost.com/2017/10/27/sni…
By mass, polonium-210 is nearly 250,000 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide alansfactoryoutlet.com/38…
Today I learned that smelling farts is healthy; hydrogen sulfide, which farts are mostly composed of, can help prevent heart diseases and even kidney failure healthline.com/health/dig…
In France, a chemist named Pilatre de Rozier tested the flammability of hydrogen by gulping a mouthful and blowing across an open flame, proving at a stroke that hydrogen is indeed explosively combustible and that "eyebrows are not necessarily a permanent feature of one’s face". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Scientists discover that water microdroplets spontaneously form hydrogen peroxide, that smaller microdroplets produced higher concentrations of the molecule, and that hydrogen peroxide was not lost when the microdroplets recombined into bulk water. Simply spraying microdroplets may disinfect. phys.org/news/2019-08-che…
Inhaling very high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide leads to instant death. In 2008, this caused a suicide craze in Japan. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Researchers found that bacteria release large quantities of hydrogen peroxide, weakening the immune system. One of the best known substances with the ability to neutralize hydrogen peroxide and that could hence boost anti-bacterial immunity are vitamins such as vitamin C, found in fruits. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
The Earth's inner core is so hot that it will take 91 billion years for it to cool enough to solidify. That is 86 billion more years than the 5 billion it will take for the sun to run out of hydrogen! nationalgeographic.org/en…
Crest Whitestrips and similar products work by coating the teeth with a gel that contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. This gel is pressed against the teeth long enough for its ingredients to penetrate the teeth and create a whitening effect askthedentist.com/crest-w…
Hydrogen got its name from its property of "creating water" when it's burned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyd…

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