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Channel: Veritasium
Categories: Society / Culture   |   Health   |   Physics   |   Science   |   Social Science  
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Kodak detected the first atomic bomb before anyone else figured it out. Then they made a deal not to tell anyone. Thanks to HBO Max, and their new show raised by Wolves for sponsoring this video!

Thanks to Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail for the opening clip:

Albuquerque Tribune Bulletin, July 16, 1945

Webb, J. H. (1949). The fogging of photographic film by radioactive contaminants in cardboard packaging materials. Physical Review, 76(3), 375.

Julian Webb at Oak Ridge Snavely, B. B. (1989). Julian H. Webb. PhT, 42(7), 87.

Radium in watch dials

A 1958 video about how Kodak film is made, noting the careful monitoring of radioactive contaminants

Radioactive fallout in 1951 -

1998 senate hearing

Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 1999. Exposure of the American People to Iodine-131 from Nevada Nuclear-Bomb Tests: Review of the National Cancer Institute Report and Public Health Implications. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Baby Teeth Survey Reiss, L. Z. (1961). Strontium-90 absorption by deciduous teeth. Science, 134(3491), 1669-1673.

Strontium 90 and Cancer rates Gould, J. M., Sternglass, E. J., Sherman, J. D., Brown, J., McDonnell, W., & Mangano, J. J. (2000). Strontium-90 in deciduous teeth as a factor in early childhood cancer. International Journal of Health Services, 30(3), 515-539.

Wine forensics Hubert, P., Perrot, F., Gaye, J., Mdina, B., & Pravikoff, M. S. (2009). Radioactivity measurements applied to the dating and authentication of old wines. Comptes Rendus Physique, 10(7), 622629. doi:10.1016/j.crhy.2009.08.007

Strontium 90 in forensics Maclaughlin-Black, S. M., Herd, R. J., Willson, K., Myers, M., & West, I. E. (1992). Strontium-90 as an indicator of time since death: a pilot investigation. Forensic science international, 57(1), 51-56.

Research and Writing by Derek Muller, Petr Lebedev, and Jonny Hyman

Filmed and edited by Derek Muller
Animations by Ivn Tello and Jonny Hyman
Music by Jonny Hyman
Additional Music from:
Epidemic Sound "Seaweed"
Kevin MacLeod "Lightless dawn"
Craig Conrad "ASTRAL"

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