Naked Science – Explosive Force

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What makes something go bang?

We dissect an explosion, from the moment of detonation to the impact of the blast. This film visits some of the most secretive and secure government locations to bring you everything you ever wanted to know about explosions. We see why low explosives are useful. When we put high explosives in a gun, it explodes; the reaction is just too fast. And we explore the science of detonation.

At Lawrence Livermore’s test range, we see just what punishment an explosive will take before it explodes. And to discover how explosions got bigger and bigger, we visit Los Alamos, and see how they test nuclear warheads without covering the landscape in radiation. But the biggest explosion of all could be an antimatter bomb. Is such a device feasible, and what would it take to make one?

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