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When a bomb explodes, you can’t outmanoeuvre it; you probably can’t even take cover quickly enough to protect yourself. Instead, you have to hope that there’s something — anything — already in the way that can shield you from the blast. Here are five of the best future bomb-proof materials that could end up saving lives in our increasingly uncertain future.
According to Reuters, North Korea has readied its rockets to attack US military bases in South Korea and the Pacific Ocean after the US made a show of force earlier today by flying stealth bombers over South Korea. Kim Jong Un had apparently signed off an order for North Korea’s rockets to be “on standby for fire”.
Everybody likes to watch explosions. Come on, admit it: you like looking at enormous blasts on YouTube because they simultaneously thrill you and make you feel safer and more cautious in your tiny little life. OK, maybe I am projecting a little. But who cares. Whether they’re the result of war, science, freak accidents or rocket failures, destruction is in our blood. The fireball is our final heartbeat, the blastwave is our last breath.
We’ve all seen the destruction that tsunamis can cause. It doesn’t play around. But back in 1944, the US military wanted to play around with tsunamis in hope of creating a man made tsunami bomb — basically setting off 10 large blasts in the ocean to create a 10m tsunami that would pulverise and drown a city.
Previously only available for viewing at England’s National Archives, the 1940 census which documented every single bomb dropped on London from October 7, 1940, to June 6, 1941, is now accessible via an interactive website called Bomb Sight. For those of us who’ve only ever read about the Blitz in history books, it’s a shocking look at what exactly the city of London endured during World War II.