Stories for May 15, 2011
Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to see who could build and detonate the world’s largest bomb. The results exceeded all expectations about how big a bomb could be built. This is an epic story where the United States led the way, but then left the field clear for the Soviet Union to break all records. Terrifyingly, the bomb-makers on both sides were flying blind as they pushed the technology far into unknown territory. The story of the race to build the world’s biggest bomb has never been fully told. But the 50-year anniversary in 2011 provides the perfect opportunity to share this chilling story with the world.
You may be able to get to a bus or a trolley in San Diego, but the Brookings Institution says don't count on it as a way to commute every day.