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We look at a piece of history in nuclear testing. We managed to scrounge up a few Husker sports related stories and introduce you to the Bearcam. Also, selfies are dumb - and dangerous.

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Seventy years ago, the U.S. military detonated two nuclear weapons on Bikini Atoll. The U.S. was still working through the aftereffects of World War II and recognized Russia as the next great threat. The most publicized "secret" tests ever included reporters and even a 26 minute "propaganda" film by the U.S. government (see first link below).

One blast was in mid-air and the other just under the surface of the water. Things did not go exactly as planned as one bomb missed its target and the other resulted in a spray of radioactive water that contaminated the target ships to the point inspectors could not get close enough to assess damage.

More than 20 blasts followed those over the next decade. One turned out to be much more powerful than expected and resulted in radioactive fallout contaminating the Marshall Islands. The people that lived in that area are dealing with the results of that test to this day.

There is so much to write about this part of history that is relevant today. From the tragedy of the island people that do not really have a home to the threat of radicalized organizations acquiring this technology. Your history teacher was right folks - it really is more than memorizing dates and names.

Tropic Fallout: a look back at the Bikini nuclear tests, 70 years later | Ars Technica
Operation Crossroads resulted in what a leading scientist called "the world's first nuclear disaster."

Bikini Islanders Still Deal With Fallout of U.S. Nuclear Tests, 70 Years Later | US News
The U.S. government detonated the first of many atomic bomb tests in the Marshall Islands in 1946.

On To Flakes...

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Ameer Abdullah gets a kick out of it, really.

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There will be no 57-yard attempt today. Not that Alex Henery minds if it comes up as he takes a seat on a bench at a local high school football

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One of the best traits Nebraska Coach Mike Riley practices on a daily basis is using his innate ability to re-prioritize instantaneously. This past week, for instance, Riley pushed that special button

Elsewhere In Sports....

Alabama self-reported improper trophy placement as an NCAA violation - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Did you know that there are NCAA rules regarding the display of trophies? Alabama released its list of self-reported violations for the 2015-2016 year on Sunday and one of the violations is because the school improperly displayed a trophy during a recruiting visit. Five of the 19 reported violations involved the football team.

Tennessee reaches $2.48 million settlement in sexual assault lawsuit - SBNation.com
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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years for murder of girlfriend
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This and That....

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Have a great Wednesday everyone!