On this day in 1946, nuclear scientist Louis Slotin was mortally injured while performing an experiment known as “tickling the dragons tail”, which involves bringing a plutonium core to the first steps of a fission reaction. Colleagues were quick to bestow it the moniker of “Demon Core”, as the same core had caused the death of another scientist several months earlier in a similar experiment. If Homer Simpson comes to mind, you’re not far off.
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By Jason Roberts|2021-05-20T20:36:02-07:00May 21st, 2021|On This Day|
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