• Question: can we make nuclear bombs 1000 times stronger than the hiroshma bomb?

    Asked by 11adacha to Rob, James, Marcus, Martin, Suzanne on 17 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by xoxcorkyxox.
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      Robert Thompson answered on 17 Mar 2012:

      I’m not massively sure as don;t know much about this but I would have thought it would be difficult. Though to be fair why on earth would we want to.

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      Martin Zaltz Austwick answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Yes. It’s been done, in fact. The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was about 15 kt – equivalent to 15,000 tonnes of TNT. The biggest nuclear bomb ever tested was 50 megatons – 3,000 times more powerful and equivalent to 50 million tonnes of TNT. What a terrible thing to do with science.

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      Marcus Gallagher-Jones answered on 20 Mar 2012:

      Having been to the peace memorial museum at Hiroshima I can honestly say I really hope we don’t although it appears Martin says we have already. Nuclear bombs are horrible things. They do so much more damage than just causing explosions.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_Sasaki I think everyone in the world needs to know this story.