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20th Jul '17 3:26:12 PM garthvader
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** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' averts this in the end. A nuclear missile is going to be fired at Bejing in less than a minute. Since James Bond doesn't have enough time to delicately disarm, he just attaches some explosives to the tail end of the missile so when the missile ignites to lift off, the flames detonate the explosives, safely blowing the missile to hell. However, the movie does play the trope straight at the beginning, when the top brass is talking about some Soviet nuclear torpedoes detonating or spreading plutonium from their missile strike. Likely because of the poor science, these lines are skipped in television broadcasts and just jumps to the action.

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** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' averts this in the end. A nuclear missile is going to be fired at Bejing in less than a minute. Since James Bond doesn't have enough time to delicately disarm, he just attaches some explosives to the tail end of the missile so when the missile ignites to lift off, the flames detonate the explosives, safely blowing the missile to hell. However, the movie does play the trope straight at the beginning, when the top brass is talking about some Soviet nuclear torpedoes detonating or spreading plutonium from their missile strike. Likely because of the poor science, these These lines are skipped in television broadcasts and just jumps broadcasts, though this is as likely to be because of the action. condescending attitude towards Russia in the lines as it is the poor science.
31st May '17 10:18:35 PM ObssesedNuker
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*** It is theoretically possible to build a fusion bomb without a fission primary, what would be referred to as a pure-fusion weapon. Proposed "alternate primaries" include exotic nuclear isomers, sufficiently powerful lasers or flux compression generators, or even minute quantities of 'anti-matter'. Such weapons would theoretically have the advantage over Teller-Ulam devices in yield control and produce nearly no fallout. However current technological limitations mean none of these methods are currently within reach as even an experimental device, much less a practical weapon, leaving them in the realm of science fiction for now.

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*** It is theoretically possible to build a fusion bomb without a fission primary, what would be referred to as a pure-fusion weapon. Proposed "alternate primaries" include exotic nuclear isomers, sufficiently powerful lasers or flux compression generators, or even minute quantities of 'anti-matter'.anti-matter. Such weapons would theoretically have the advantage over Teller-Ulam devices in yield control and produce nearly no fallout. However current technological limitations mean none of these methods are currently within reach as even an experimental device, much less a practical weapon, leaving them in the realm of science fiction for now.
31st May '17 10:18:13 PM ObssesedNuker
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*** It is theoretically possible to build a fusion bomb without a fission primary, what would be referred to as a pure-fusion weapon. Proposed "alternate primaries" include exotic nuclear isomers, sufficiently powerful lasers or flux compression generators, or even minute quantities of *anti-matter*. Such weapons would theoretically have the advantage over Teller-Ulam devices in yield control and produce nearly no fallout. However current technological limitations mean none of these methods are currently within reach as even an experimental device, much less a practical weapon, leaving them in the realm of science fiction for now.

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*** It is theoretically possible to build a fusion bomb without a fission primary, what would be referred to as a pure-fusion weapon. Proposed "alternate primaries" include exotic nuclear isomers, sufficiently powerful lasers or flux compression generators, or even minute quantities of *anti-matter*.'anti-matter'. Such weapons would theoretically have the advantage over Teller-Ulam devices in yield control and produce nearly no fallout. However current technological limitations mean none of these methods are currently within reach as even an experimental device, much less a practical weapon, leaving them in the realm of science fiction for now.
31st May '17 10:17:29 PM ObssesedNuker
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*** It is theoretically possible to build a fusion bomb without a fission primary, what would be referred to as a pure-fusion weapon. Proposed "alternate primaries" include exotic nuclear isomers, sufficiently powerful lasers or flux compression generators, or even minute quantities of *anti-matter*. Such weapons would theoretically have the advantage over Teller-Ulam devices in yield control and produce nearly no fallout. However current technological limitations mean none of these methods are currently within reach as even an experimental device, much less a practical weapon, leaving them in the realm of science fiction for now.
31st May '17 9:51:35 PM ObssesedNuker
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** In ''Fallout 4'', the residents of Vault 111 descends to the Vault just as a nuclear explosion goes off in the distance. Realistically, they all should have been vaporized by the blast.

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** In ''Fallout 4'', the residents of Vault 111 descends to the Vault just as a nuclear explosion goes off in the distance. Realistically, they all should have been vaporized by received at least major burns over much of their bodies from the blast.thermal pulse.
16th Apr '17 12:59:17 PM nombretomado
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# In a variant of SpaceIsNoisy, in a manner also frequently applied to lightning and conventional explosions, even when a nuclear explosion is accurately depicted visually (dazzling flash of light, followed by a rising mushroom cloud and shock waves racing outwards across the ground destroying everything that is not already on fire), frequently it will be heard to produce a deafening roar from the outset, long before the shock wave reaches the camera. Since the shock wave travels somewhat faster than the speed of ordinary sound, the initial flash and subsequent fiery visuals should actually be silent until the wavefront hits, save for the damage caused by the blast's radiation. For any observer sitting far enough away from the explosion to stand a chance of surviving it, this delay should be quite noticeable. Even documentaries have been known to get this wrong (e.g. SpaceRace).

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# In a variant of SpaceIsNoisy, in a manner also frequently applied to lightning and conventional explosions, even when a nuclear explosion is accurately depicted visually (dazzling flash of light, followed by a rising mushroom cloud and shock waves racing outwards across the ground destroying everything that is not already on fire), frequently it will be heard to produce a deafening roar from the outset, long before the shock wave reaches the camera. Since the shock wave travels somewhat faster than the speed of ordinary sound, the initial flash and subsequent fiery visuals should actually be silent until the wavefront hits, save for the damage caused by the blast's radiation. For any observer sitting far enough away from the explosion to stand a chance of surviving it, this delay should be quite noticeable. Even documentaries have been known to get this wrong (e.g. SpaceRace).UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace).
25th Mar '17 10:32:36 PM Candi
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* A long-standing ConspiracyTheory about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Chicago_disaster Port Chicago explosion]] hinged on the fact that several contributors to the Manhattan Project toured the scene of the disaster to gauge some of the effects of a nuclear weapon. One technician's notes about a subsequent test even read, "Ball of fire mushroom out at 18,000 ft in typical Port Chicago fashion". From this reference to the fact that the Port Chicago explosion produced a mushroom cloud, and that most of the casualties were black, [[InsaneTrollLogic someone deduced that the US military had tested a prototype atomic bomb on its own troops to see how effective it would be against the enemy.]] One sincerely hopes it goes without saying that this was utter nonsense; apart from anything else, there might well have been a few top brass who regarded a couple of hundred black stevedores as expendable, but the ships and the munitions being loaded onto them for transport to the Pacific most certainly weren't.
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22nd Mar '17 6:19:59 AM Madrugada
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-->--'''[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer An actual quote]] from a fact sheet from Greenpeace''', demonstrating why you should check your campaign materials before [[WhatAnIdiot printing and distributing them]].

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-->--'''[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer An actual quote]] from a -->--'''A fact sheet from Greenpeace''', demonstrating why you should check your campaign materials before [[WhatAnIdiot printing and distributing them]].
Greenpeace'''.
3rd Mar '17 6:19:10 AM KayEss
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** And this does not even considers the impedance of the power grid. In real life, the power grid cannot even provide enough energy to start up a nuclear plant (gas turbine generators are transported to a nuclear power plant when it needs a "cold boot").
3rd Mar '17 5:30:52 AM KayEss
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** So, what is Spiderman expecting to happen anyway? More spiders receiving radiation and in turn more people turning into a whole army of Spidermen and -women?
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