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The Worst Nuclear Accident

The Worst Nuclear Accident

In April 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine had a deadly and costly experiment that led to the greatest nuclear accident on record, killing 32 people instantly and crippling thousands more in Russia, France and Italy.

The explosion, which resulted from an unstable nuclear reactor getting overheated, poisoned the wildlife and led to an exponential rise in cancer cases in the surrounding area.

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Nuclear energy as a negative character
In televison, nuclear is not the context but the antagonist. It becomes a demon: It is constantly talked about, its nature endlessly debated and described.

And that demon terrifies people, because it could happed again one day.

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Two of the biggest innovations

Two of the biggest innovations of modern times are cars and airplanes. At first, every new invention looks like a toy. It takes decades for people to realise the potential of it.

  • Adolphus Greely, a brigadier general, was one of the first people outside the car industry to consider the usefulness of a "horseless carriage." He bought three cars in 1899 for the U.S. Army to experiment with. It was envisioned to be used as transportation of light artillery such as machine guns, to carry equipment, ammunition, and supplies.
  • The Wright brothers saw the prospects of their new flying machine to be used as a reconnoitering agent in a time of war. The U.S. Army purchased the first "flyer" in 1908.

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  • The odds you will get hit.
  • The average consequences of getting hit.
  • The tail-end consequences of getting hit.

The first two are easy to understand. It’s the third that’s hardest to learn, and can often only be learned through experience.

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