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How to Launch a Nuclear Missile
How to Launch a Nuclear Missile
How to Launch a Nuclear Missile

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What was the procedure to launch a nuclear missile?
Uranium premieres: July 28 & 29 on PBS at 10pm ET/ 9pm Central
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How Were the Pyramids Built?

Key aspects of pyramid construction from quarry to completion. Check out Audible: Live show in Alabama: The most common misconception about the pyramids is that they were built by slaves. Recent archeological evidence suggests they were instead constructed by paid workers. Some may have performed this work as a form of tax payment for several months of the year. Skilled engineers would have planned and orchestrated the building. An estimated 10,000-20,000 people would have been working on a pyramid at any one point in time. They were well fed and provided with shelter near the pyramids. Plus their burial sites close...

Why Einstein Thought Nuclear Weapons Impossible

Without neutrons, harnessing nuclear energy would be impossible. Try Audible free for 30 days: I have a new documentary coming out in a few months - sign up here to be notified and see a sneak preview: Special thanks to Patreon supporters: Tony Fadell, Donal Botkin, Michael Krugman, Jeff Straathof, Zach Mueller, Ron Neal, Nathan Hansen, Yildiz Kabaran, Terrance Snow A few years ago I made a documentary about uranium, radioactivity and radiation. I always thought of the characters in our story as the scientists and maybe the uranium nucleus itself. It was only through making the documentary that I realized the real...

The Most Dangerous Fighter Jets In The World

They look cool, are incredibly fast, extremely expensive and flown by the best and most courageous pilots in the world. Fighter jets belong to every powerful air force, but especially Russia, China and the U.S. attach great importance to these machines. Russia alone has a lot more fighter jets than Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Turkey combined. And today we'll take a look at the best fighter jets in the world. For business or copyright matters please contact us at:

मंगलग्रह पर मंगलयान कैसे पहुँचता हैNASA Mars Missionवीडियो पशन्द आया तो चैनल को सब्सक्राइब जरूर करें

Official Aryan Gupta.चैनल को लाइक सब्सक्राइब जरूर करे Disclaimer Video is for educational purpose only.copyright disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "Fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment,news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research.Fair use is a use permitted by copyright status that might otherwise be infringing.Non profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

4 Revolutionary Riddles

Can you solve these four rotation-related riddles? Support Veritasium on Patreon: Test yourself playlist: Huge thanks to Patreon supporters: Jeff Straathof, Zach Mueller, Ron Neal, Nathan Hansen I came across these four physics puzzles over the years in discussions with Neil deGrasse Tyson (riddle 4: which part(s) of a moving train are going backwards with respect to the ground?), Simon Pampena (riddle 2: run around a track twice, the first time slowly, the second time much faster so that the average for the two laps is twice the speed of the first lap). Someone tweeted me a video of the mystery cylinder rolling...

Oscar Zero- Conversations with a Minuteman Nuclear Missile Combat Crew Commander, Complete Interview

This is the complete interview. The Tin Hat Ranch recently traveled to the prairies of Cooperstown, ND, home of the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site, to talk to Mark Sundlov a former Air Force Missile Combat Crew Commander. This multi-part series covers everything from the Minuteman missile, the silo, launch procedures, to equipment buried 50 feet below the prairie. We also talk about what it was like to train and live as a missile combat crew commander. Special thanks to Mark and the North Dakota State Historical Society. If you found this video to be helpful or enjoyed...

Indestructible Coating?!

Used in everything from bullet-proof vests to the walls of the Pentagon, polyurea's strength comes from its long-chain molecules. Check out How Ridiculous: Snatoms magnetic molecules: Veritasium on Patreon: Special thanks to South Bay Line-X: Thanks to Patreon supporters: Nathan Hansen, Bryan Baker, Donal Botkin, Tony Fadell, Saeed Alghamdi Filmed by Prashanth Venkataramanujam SFX by A Shell in the Pit

China sets for sink US navy at South China Sea, but it would backfire horribly

China sets for sink US navy at South China Sea, but it would backfire horribly China responded to a recent challenge from the US Navy with the deployment of purpose-built to sink aircraft carriers while increasingly hot rhetoric from Beijing suggests that the US's will to fight can be broken. Read More:

Very Rare Three Submarines Surfaced In The Arctic At Once For ICEX 2018

Please like and follow our Facebook Page, ICEX 2018 is a five-week exercise that allows the Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. Personnel arrive at Ice Camp Skate and check in with the operations tent in support of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018, March 21. ICEX 2018 is a five-week exercise that allows the Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue...

Tour a Cold War Era Atlas Missile Silo

Along a lonely stretch of blacktop in rural, Central Texas, my friend Larry Sanders takes me on a tour of a partially restored Atlas missile site. At the height of the Cold War, Curtis Lamay and the Strategic Air Command, built and deployed the first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System.

Will This Go Faster Than Light?

Physics of contraptions meant to go faster than light. Audible: My video about the problem with Facebook: Special thanks to MinutePhysics for visual effects and Prof. Geraint Lewis for revisions to earlier drafts of this video.

World's Heaviest Weight

How do you measure big forces accurately? By calibrating your force transducer on the world's biggest weight - 1,000,000 pounds of force. This machine ensures planes don't break apart, jets provide required thrust, and rockets make it to their destination. Thanks to the people at NIST for showing me around: Rick Seifarth and Ben Stein. Animations here are by Sean Kelley and additional footage by Jennifer Lauren Lee. Special thanks to Patreon Supporters: Tony Fadell, Donal Botkin, Jeff Straathof, Zach Mueller, Ron Neal, Nathan Hansen Support Veritasium on Patreon: Before visiting NIST in Washington DC I had no idea machines like this existed. Surely...

A Day In The Life of Vladimir Putin (President of Russia)

Here is an inside look at the daily life and routine of one of the world's richest and most powerful people, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Commentator: A Day In The Life of Vladimir Putin (President of Russia)

Should This Lake Exist?

The Salton Sea is the largest body of water in California, home to the second most diverse group of birds in America and it exists by accident. Another great video on the Salton Sea: I used archive from this video. Music by Kevin MacLeod, ‘Mirage’, ‘Hyperfun’, ‘Marty Gots a Plan’, ‘Past the Edge’

Welding in Space

In space, metals can weld together without heat or melting. Check out Audible: Support Veritasium on Patreon: Written by Joh Howes and Derek Muller Yes, it's pronounced Gemini (ee not eye) because that's the way everyone pronounced this mission. Thanks to Patreon supporters: Bryan Baker, Donal Botkin, Tony Fadell, Saeed Alghamdi References: Gemini IV transcripts: Gemini IV recordings: (relevant clip is 1297 at about 2:00) ESA cold welding recommendations: Cold welding gold nanowire: Music by Kevin MacLeod "Intrepid"


INTRODUCTION: Russia carried out a successful test of its RS-28 Sarmt nuclear missile as part of Zapad-2017 on Thursday night, the country’s defense ministry said. The exercise, known as Zapad-2017, is the latest iteration of a series of training maneuvers that began under the Soviet Union in the 1970s. After a long break following the collapse of communism, Zapad was revived in 1999 and then was expanded after Vladimir Putin became president at the end of that year. Zapad, "west" in Russian, used to include military forces from countries under the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet-led military alliance whose non-Soviet members have now...

Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

I took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they're there. The first time I heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn't the reason they were introduced. Huge thanks to LADWP for arranging this special tour for me. Next time let's put the GoPro on the submersible! The balls are made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) which is less dense than water so they float on the surface of the reservoir even if they break apart. They are 10cm (4 inches) in diameter...

How the US Government Will Survive Doomsday

Get 10% off your custom domain or email from Hover at This video was partially based on the book, "Raven Rock" by Garrett Graff: Check out my new podcast with Brian from Real Engineering: (iTunes link) (YouTube link) Support Wendover Productions on Patreon: Get a Wendover Productions t-shirt for $20: Youtube: Twitter: Email: Reddit: Select visuals courtesy Music: Morning Four by David Szesztay and Raw Deal by Gunnar Olsen Script with sources: National Gallery Image courtesy Sam-H-A Animation by Josh Sherrington ( Sound by Graham Haerther ( Big thanks to Patreon supporters: Arkadiy Kulev, David Cichowski, Venkata Kaushik Nunna, Josh Berger, Vincent Mooney,...

Inside a nuclear reactor core - Bang Goes The Theory - BBC

Jem Stansfield explores a never used reactor core at the Zwentendorf nuclear power plant in Austria, to explain how a nuclear power station works. Bang Goes The Theory, investigating the science behind the headlines and making sense of the everyday issues that matter to us all. Subscribe to the BBC Worldwide channel: BBC Studios Channel:

Inside the Svalbard Seed Vault

A rare look inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault which is closed ~350 days a year Check out Audible: More info on the seed vault: My trip to Norway was funded by Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Genepool Productions as part of a new project. More information soon. Special thanks to Bente Naeverdal and the Crop Trust:

9 Events That Will Happen Before 2050!

From building cities on Mars to the extinction of chocolate, these are 9 events that will happen before 2050. Subscribe for more! ►◄ Watch our " End Of The World: 9 Most Popular Theories (2019)" video here: Watch our " Planet that can sustain human life" video here: Watch our "Do Other Dimensions Exist? 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About" 9. Colonization of Mars No, we’re not talking about an upcoming sci-fi blockbuster – the colonization of Mars is a real possibility in the foreseeable future. Conditions on the surface of Mars are closer to the conditions on Earth in terms of temperature and sunlight...

Making SOLID Nitrogen!

What happens when you decrease the pressure around a liquid? It boils. Water boils at room temperature once the pressure is low enough. What is interesting is that this decreases the temperature of the liquid. The fastest molecules escape, leaving the slower ones behind. Using this trick with liquid nitrogen, it is possible to create solid nitrogen at a temperature of -210C. We then poured the solid and liquid nitrogen mixture onto a tray of water. The surface of the water became so cold that CO2 solidified out of the atmosphere on its surface. Then, since CO2 does not pass through...

How Much Information?

How much information is there in Spanish vs English, you vs the world? Check out Audible: Huge thanks to all the amazing people who made this possible: Christina Ochoa - Spanish Vanessa Hill - Filming Henry Reich - Filming, cameo Cara Santa Maria - Set design Michael Stevens - cameo Crystal Dilworth - consultation Thanks also to MinutePhysics for wardrobe and lending the use of the amazing "Things to do when it's really cold outside" video: More on this theme to come in the main collaboration with Vsauce.