Nazi Germany with nuclear bombs is one of the most scary scenarios in world history. In our reality, this was never the delight of The Allies, but a recent scientific article by teachers at the University of Maryland, USA, shows that Hitler has access to supplies for nuclear weapons – cubes with a similar format to Tesseract, Avengers. Cubes, in the plural: 664 of them, huge uranium.
In the middle of the Second World War, the world feared that the Nazis would produce an atomic bomb. It was exactly this scary possibility that prompted the creation of the Manhattan Project, the American nuclear scheme created in 1939 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, then US President.
Indeed, the operation that led to Hiroshima and Nagazaki was born as a direct response to anxious reports by scientists (by Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard) who warned that Nazi Germany could be developing nuclear technology.
This suspicion was unfounded: German scientists Otto Hahn, Fritz Strassman and Lise Meitner, who had been ordered by Hitler to discover nuclear fission, discovered a physical reaction that allowed an atomic bomb explosion.
However, in the last days of the war, the Allied authorities first saw Germany's nuclear efforts and found, rather than an arms program, the team led by physicist Werner Heisenberg (yes, what inspired the name of war from Walter White) building a nuclear reactor in a cave under a castle in south-west Germany.
Over 70 years after the war, however, one of these objects appeared mysterious in Maryland, USA.
"To draw it from the reactor Hitler tried to build. Gift to Ninninger". These strange words were written on a note that came with the artefact in a blue cloth sack wrapped in paper towels. Physicist Timothy Koeth, associate research professor at the University of Maryland, received the relics in a car park on a strange anonymous presentation in 2013.
The mysterious appearance of the uranium cube made in Koeth – amateur amateur radiological amateur – and researcher Miriam Hiebert goes to a deep investigation to discover his story, how he came to Maryland and, of course, where uranium cubes his brothers hide.
"For me, this cube represents relics of the program that had sparked the Manhattan Project and afterwards, good and bad weapons, nuclear power, nuclear medicine," Koeth said. "There seems to be a new era in human existence, when for the first time, or we have the ability to save ourselves, or destroy us completely."
The German nuclear project consisted of 664 uranium cubes (Hitler's Tesseract), each for a magic cube size weighing 2.3 kilograms. When the III Reich it fell, the scientists are thought to have buried the uranium cubes and fled.
Tests by Koeth and Hiebert noted that the boost was never in an active reactor. It has very low radiation today and can be manually treated. Researchers' research also led to an unexpected historical discovery: modern computer simulations suggested that the stock of German uranium cube 664 was not enough for scientists to create a nuclear reactor.
It needs very little of the element, from the critical mass name, to maintaining the chain of reactions that occur in a reactor. To reach this mass, the Germans would need a few hundred extra cubes. Another problem identified is that the Nazis have difficulty making heavy water, which was used for nuclear reactions inside the reactor.
In addition, the Germans had another disadvantage: internal competition. "The program [nuclear] German had to be shared and competitive; while under the leadership of General Leslie Groves, the Manhattan Project was central and collaborative, "Hiebert said in a statement.
According to her, if the Germans had accumulated their resources, rather than sharing them between experiments and opponents separately, they could have built a nuclear reactor that really worked.
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But the question that does not want to close: how did the uranium cube end in Maryland?
The most acceptable theory says, after the Nazi Germany defeated, the United States began Operation Paperclip, a secret program to bring over 1,600 scientists, engineers and technicians who worked with; the Nazis to work on US government projects.
They are very likely to have brought some cubes with them. The research even speculates that the cubes "have come into the hands of one or more Manhattan Project workers as a wreck to the war."
Koeth plans to lend his cube to a museum. For the time being, it is located in a mobile exhibition and is the game in the Koeth collection of nuclear artefacts. Among other items, our graffiti storage from the University of Chicago's first reactor, green sand glass has been melted by an atomic bomb bomb and Vaseline glass, a green uranium glass underneath. ultraviolet light.
The pair are now planning to follow the remaining cubes of Heisenberg's attempt to reactor. They know where ten others are in the US alone, including one in the US Smithsonian Foundation, in Washington, D.C., and another at Harvard University. There are probably more specimens that have been scattered throughout the United States – such as door weights.
But let's look at the bright side: at least there is no Jewel Infinity to hide in them. That is, you never know …