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The US Energy Department announced that the Wednesday nuclear test was aimed at providing “crucial information to maintain the safety and effectiveness of the nation's nuclear weapons.”
The subcritical experiment, known as Pollux, was conducted by the staff from the Nevada National Security Site, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.
Subcritical nuclear tests examine the behavior of plutonium when shocked by forces produced by chemical high explosives.
Somehow I think the intent of the article publisher is to make it out to be more than it is.....
Originally posted by Novaroc
reply to post by Maxmars
Exactly, now that I have read the rest of the reports. So it leans toward Iran getting waxed over then. Wonder what "terrorist action" they commit that leaves us no choice but to conduct open military actions?
Originally posted by SirMike
reply to post by Novaroc
Subcritical tests are perfectly legal under the test ban treaty.
Methinks the lady doth protest too much.
Originally posted by butcherguy
It would appear that they are testing to see what would happen if we bomb Iranian facilities containing plutonium.
We definitely did not set off a nuclear weapon in this test, 'subcritical' being the keyword.
The experiments are subcritical; that is, no critical mass is formed and no self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction can occur; thus, there is no nuclear explosion.