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    19 Year Olds Now At the CONTROLS of the .NET
    by Anonymous on Monday June 20 2005, @06:17AM (#15636)
    19 Year Olds Now At the CONTROLS of the .NET

    Millions of 19 year olds now have high-speed .NET connections, and low-cost routers which
    THEY can freely program. What will they create?
    Will they be smart enough to block all traffic
    not coming from their generation ?

    Bomb-building facility opens its doors
    Public gets rare look at calutrons that fueled first A-bomb
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/06/14/little. boy.fuel.ap/index.html

    Tuesday, June 14, 2005 Posted: 10:39 AM EDT (1439 GMT)

    OAK RIDGE, Tennessee (AP) -- The government is offering a rare glimpse of the
    massive machines used to enrich uranium for the "Little Boy" bomb -- the first
    atomic weapon used in war, dropped 60 years ago in August on Hiroshima, Japan.

    Inside the high-security Y-12 nuclear weapons plant remain the last of 1,152
    calutrons that once filled nine buildings. The machinery was part of the
    top-secret bomb-building Manhattan Project, which turned this rural countryside
    about 30 miles west of Knoxville into a "secret city" of 75,000 people between
    1942 and 1945.

    "Don't you know the people in Knoxville wondered what in the world was going on
    out here," Department of Energy guide Ray Smith said Monday. "All this material
    was coming in, truckload after truckload, and nothing ever left."

    About 50 kilograms of highly enriched uranium were produced in Oak Ridge over a
    year's time for the Little Boy bomb -- all carried in briefcases by
    plainclothes couriers to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the bomb was partially
    assembled before being moved to Tinian in the Northern Marianas Islands and
    loaded onto the B-29 Enola Gay for the bomb run over Hiroshima on August 6,

    Many of those questions remain in this still highly classified environment,
    where today nuclear warhead parts are dismantled and refurbished and bomb-grade
    uranium is stockpiled.

    For the first time, the public will be allowed to see the old calutron machines
    -- devices used for separating out fissionable uranium for reactor fuel or
    bombs -- in tours this weekend as part of Oak Ridge's annual Secret City

    The tours quickly filled in advance with more than 600 people signing up.

    Even many who worked here didn't know exactly what they were working on until
    the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing more than 100,000. Japan surrendered
    less than a month later.

    "I wouldn't have known what an atomic bomb was. I had never heard of it," said
    Gladys Owens, 80, of Harlan, Kentucky, who was among scores of young women
    hired to control electric current in the calutrons on orders from the

    The calutrons separated fissile Uranium 235 for the bomb using huge magnets and
    vast quantities of electricity from the government-owned Tennessee Valley

    Owens, who was 19 and just out of high school when she worked here from January
    until August 1945, said she didn't piece together her place in history until
    she attended the festival last year, saw her picture in the historical displays
    and was given a private tour.

    Her reaction?

    "Mostly, I thank God the state of Tennessee is still on the map," she said, with
    a laugh. "Because I was right here at the controls. At 19 years old."
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