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First nuclear reactor was secretly built under the University of Chicago

The Experimental Nuclear Reactor Secretly Built Under the University of Chicago  Chicago Pile-1, the first reactor to reach criticality, was built under a football field. Atlas Obscura,  JULY 27, 2016 

The Chicago Pile-1 (CP-1), as it came to be known was monolith made of carefully stacked graphite blocks, interlaced with cubes of uranium. Control rods made of cadmium were inserted to absorb any errant radiation from the reaction. It looked, from the outside, like not much more than a pile of black bricks.


January 1, 2018 - Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA

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