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First discovered in 1826, this newly released Hubble image shows galaxy NGC 6861. The subject of this image is NGC 6861, a galaxy discovered in 1826 by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop. Almost two centuries later we now know that NGC 6861 is the second brightest member of a group of at le

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Oppenheimer: American Prometheus

Robert Oppenheimer Not only is he one of the fathers of the atomic bomb, but he is the man who thought, for just a couple seconds, that he set fire to the earth’s atmosphere and essentially destroyed the world. Luckily he didn’t. After the Manhattan Project, he became the face of the United States Atomic Energy Commission. He was relieved from his duties because of his previous interests in the communist party. Later he was vindicated by President Kennedy and received the Enrico Fermi…

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The element that causes arguments

Enrico Fermi with electronic equipment for the University of Chicago's particle accelerator. In 1942 a team from the American Manhattan Project, led by the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, built the world's first nuclear reactor on the floor of a squash court on the campus of the university of Chicago. It was known as "Chicago Pile-1" and Fermi used it to create the first self-sustaining chain reaction.

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Nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi won the 1938 Nobel Prize for a technique he developed to probe the atomic nucleus. He led the team that developed the world's first nuclear reactor, and played a central role in the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb during World War II. In the debate over extraterrestrial intelligence, he is best known for posing the question 'Where is everybody?' during a lunchtime discussion at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His question was seen as the basis…

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112 Cartoon Elements Make Learning The Periodic Table Fun

112 Cartoon Elements Make Learning The Periodic Table Fun http://kcd-elements.tumblr.com/ All characters and artwork © Kaycie D. 2011-2012

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"Chicago Pile-1: the world's first man-made nuclear reactor was built in 1942 in the University of Chicago under the direction of Enrico Fermi in the framework of the work, and later became the basis of the Manhattan Project. It was "a pile" of ...

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Led by General Leslie Groves and theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the team included scientific geniuses like Neils Bohr, who fled Germany to avoid making the bomb for Hitler; Enrico Fermi, credited with creating the first atomic fission reaction; Richard Feynman, a mathematical savant. With outside help from others, such as Einstein, the team set to work.