This is a collection of 7 short and engaging non-fiction stories. Each 1/2 to 3/4 page article includes 3 to 4 reading comprehension, opinion, or application questions. Keys and a bibliography are also provided.
Story 1: Knabenphysik (Boy's Physics) (Nuclear Energy/Fission, Scientists)
Even though she had to work in a basement, Lise Meitner's work with radioactivity soon gained the notice of other scientists. Her interpretation of Otto Hahn's experimental results led to his 1944 Nobel Prize for the discover of fission.
Story 2: Bombs into Plowshares (Nuclear Energy/Fusion, Scientists, Ethics)
Edward Teller fought hard to be able to develop a fusion bomb. He loved the bomb so much he wanted to be able to use it both for war and peace.
Story 3: Small but Devastating (Nuclear Energy, Ethics)
Unfortunately for the people of the Marshall Islands, the US government thought Bikini Atoll looked like an ideal place to test nuclear weapons.
Story 4: The Manhattan Project (Nuclear Energy, Ethics)
The Manhattan Project, a top-secret nuclear research project, created the two nuclear bombs the US dropped on Japan at the end of World War II.
Story 5: Bravo? (Nuclear Energy, Ethics)
The fusion bomb detonated during the Castle Bravo test on Bikini Atoll was a part resounding success and part catastrophic failure.
Story 6: Going Underground (Nuclear Energy, Ethics)
The explosion of Tsar Bomba, a 50 megaton fusion bomb, melted rocks and sped up the signing of the treaty that would move nuclear testing underground (literally).
Story 7: The Kitchen Knife (Nuclear Energy, Isotopes, Ethics)
While prisoners of war after World War II, Steenbeck and Zippe created a centrifuge device that could separate out fissionable uranium-235. This technology would eventually be used by countries like Pakistan and North Korea to start their own nuclear weapons programs.
These stories can also be found in "Science and Literacy: Chemistry Bundle".