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The Atomic Age was a phrase used for a time in the 1950s in which it was believed that all power sources in the future would be atomic in nature. The atomic bomb ("A-bomb") would render all conventional explosives redundant and nuclear power plants would do the same for power sources such as coal and oil. There was a general feeling that everything would use a nuclear power source of some sort. This even included cars, leading Ford to display the Ford Nucleon concept car to the public in 1958. The 1950s were the decade that spanned the years 1950 through 1959, although some sources say from 1951 through 1960. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the hypocenter. ... A nuclear power station. ... Coal (previously referred to as pitcoal or seacoal) is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by underground mining or open-pit mining (surface mining). ... Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Petroleum (from Greek petra – rock and elaion – oil or Latin oleum – oil ) or crude oil is a thick, dark brown or greenish liquid. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Ford Motor Company (usually called Ford; sometimes called FoMoCo), (NYSE: F) is a multinational corporation that manufactures automobiles. ... The Ford Nucleon concept car The Ford Nucleon was a nuclear-powered concept car developed by Ford Motor Company in 1958. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Automotive design. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the 1960s, the term was less common, but the concept remained. In the Thunderbirds TV series, a set of vehicles was presented that were imagined to be completely nuclear, as shown in cutaways presented in their comic-books. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, there was even an atomic ballpoint pen. Normally reputable experts predicted that thanks to the giant nuclear power stations of the near future electricity would soon become as cheap as water, or even cheaper, and that electricity meters would be removed. Thunderbirds was a 1960s Sylvia and Gerry Anderson television show which used a form of puppetry called Supermarionation which followed the adventures of International Rescue, an organisation designed to help those in grave danger using technically advanced machinery. ... A radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) is a simple electrical generator which obtains its power from radioactive decay. ... A papermate PhD Multi ballpoint pen A ballpoint pen, in many countries also eponymously called a bíró (bee-row), is a writing instrument, more specifically a pen, similar to a pencil in size and shape. ... Lightning strikes during a night-time thunderstorm. ... Water (from the Old English waeter; c. ... Typical US domestic electricity meter An electric meter or energy meter is a device that measures the amount of electrical energy supplied to a residence or business. ...


Lew Kowarski, a former director of CERN, even recalled such references as Atomic cocktail waitresses. CERN logo The European Organization for Nuclear Research (French: Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire), commonly known as CERN, is the worlds largest particle physics laboratory, situated just west of Geneva on the border between France and Switzerland. ...


The term was initially used in a positive, futuristic sense, but by the 1960s the threats posed by nuclear weapons had begun to edge out nuclear power as the dominant motif of the atom. In the late 1970s, nuclear power was faced with economic difficulties and widespread public unease, coming to a head in the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, which effectively killed the nuclear power industry for decades to come. As such, the label of the "Atomic Age" now connotes either a sense of nostalgia or naïveté, depending on whom you ask. The outrageously crowded Woodstock festival epitomized the popular antiwar movement of the 60s. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the hypocenter. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station consists of two nuclear reactors, each with its own containment building and cooling towers. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... One may feel nostalgic for the familiar routine of school, conveniently forgetting the painful experiences such as bullying. ...


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To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Space Shuttle takes off on a manned mission to space. ... The 1957 photograph of Miss Atomic Bomb, a Las Vegas showgirl with a mushroom cloud dress, has often been used as representative of Cold War kitsch and a symbol of the effects of nuclear weapons on American popular culture. ...

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Atomic Age - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (315 words)
The Atomic Age was a phrase used for a time in the 1950s in which it was believed that all power sources in the future would be atomic in nature.
The atomic bomb ("A-bomb") would render all conventional explosives redundant and nuclear power plants would do the same for power sources such as coal and oil.
As such, the label of the "Atomic Age" now connotes either a sense of nostalgia or naïveté, depending on whom you ask.
Dawn of the Atomic Age (1440 words)
Geology and astronomy seemed in serious conflict since the apparent age of the geologic record could not be reconciled with the only power source for the Sun then conceivable, gravitational contraction, which would exhaust itself in mere millions of years.
Evidence began to accumulate that there were two principal contributors to the mass of the atom and the nucleus, one that was positively charged (later called the proton), and one that was neutral (the neutron).
The possibility of "atomic energy" as a source of human controlled power thus came into existence as a concept, but without any known means of bringing it about - even in theory.
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