Nevada Test Site Downwinders
July 31, 2018
The Nevada Test Site Downwinders are individuals living in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah who were exposed to radiation from atmospheric nuclear tests.
Tularosa Basin Downwinders
The Tularosa Basin Downwinders are individuals from central and southern New Mexico who state that they have experienced undue hardships in the years since the Trinity test because of the test's radioactive fallout. The negative impacts include increased rates of cancer, other diseases that have caused financial and social stress, and death.
July 30, 2018
Published: July 30, 2018 Updated: December 5, 2018 Uranium was discovered in 1789 by German scientist Martin Heinrich Klaproth in the mineral pitchblende. It was isolated shortly after, but its radioactive properties were not discovered until 1896 by Henri Becquerel. The discovery of uranium fission in 1938 led several countries to begin research into the possibility […]
Human Radiation Experiments
July 11, 2017
Between April 1945 and July 1947, eighteen subjects were injected with plutonium, six with uranium, five with polonium, and at least one with americium in order to better understand the effects of radioactive materials on the human body.
Health Physics & Nuclear Medicine After the Manhattan Project
June 29, 2017
Today, millions of nuclear medicine procedures are performed in the United States every year, where the legacy of the Manhattan Project lives on in the treatment and visualization of disease.
Health Physics & Nuclear Medicine During the Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project produced a large number of radioactive substances, and as a result scientists intensified research into the overlap of nuclear science and medicine.
Health Physics & Nuclear Medicine Before the Manhattan Project
Shortly after its discovery, radiation became an invaluable part of medicine. However, people soon realized that radiation could also be extremely dangerous.