How Kodak Exposed The Atomic Bomb

Kodak detected the first atomic bomb before anyone else figured it out. Then they made a deal not to tell anyone. Thanks to HBO Max, and their new show raised by Wolves for sponsoring this video!
Thanks to Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail for the opening clip:
Albuquerque Tribune Bulletin, July 16, 1945 -
Webb, J. H. (1949). The fogging of photographic film by radioactive contaminants in cardboard packaging materials. Physical Review, 76(3), 375.
Julian Webb at Oak Ridge - Snavely, B. B. (1989). Julian H. Webb. PhT, 42(7),
Radium in watch dials -
A 1958 video about how Kodak film is made, noting the careful monitoring of radioactive contaminants -
Radioactive fallout in 1951 -
1998 senate hearing -
Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 1999. Exposure of the American People to Iodine-131 from Nevada Nuclear-Bomb Tests: Review of the National Cancer Institute Report and Public Health Implications. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Baby Teeth Survey - Reiss, L. Z. (1961). Strontium-90 absorption by deciduous teeth. Science, 134(3491), 1669-1673.
Strontium 90 and Cancer rates - Gould, J. M., Sternglass, E. J., Sherman, J. D., Brown, J., McDonnell, W., & Mangano, J. J. (2000). Strontium-90 in deciduous teeth as a factor in early childhood cancer. International Journal of Health Services, 30(3), 515-539.
Wine forensics - Hubert, P., Perrot, F., Gaye, J., Médina, B., & Pravikoff, M. S. (2009). Radioactivity measurements applied to the dating and authentication of old wines. Comptes Rendus Physique, 10(7), 622-629. doi:10.1016/j.crhy.2009.08.007
Strontium 90 in forensics - Maclaughlin-Black, S. M., Herd, R. J., Willson, K., Myers, M., & West, I. E. (1992). Strontium-90 as an indicator of time since death: a pilot investigation. Forensic science international, 57(1), 51-56.
Research and Writing by Derek Muller, Petr Lebedev, and Jonny Hyman
Filmed and edited by Derek Muller
Animations by Iván Tello and Jonny Hyman
Music by Jonny Hyman
Additional Music from:
Epidemic Sound "Seaweed"
Kevin MacLeod "Lightless dawn"
Craig Conrad "ASTRAL"


  • Francis Rodrigo Ceblano
    Francis Rodrigo Ceblano4 orë më parë

    doesn't mean American, AmeriShould >W

  • gabewilliamsproductions
    gabewilliamsproductions6 orë më parë

    “Alexa, play Radioactive by Imagine Dragons”

  • John Titor
    John Titor9 orë më parë

    Wait, this isn't Fallout lore

  • Kurt Dugger
    Kurt Dugger10 orë më parë

    If your government knowingly destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of it's own citizens, would you still trust it?

  • John O'neill
    John O'neill12 orë më parë

    "Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD.".

  • TentaBox
    TentaBox14 orë më parë

    Gonna brag about having atomic energy on my bones to my grandkids

  • Hotrob
    Hotrob19 orë më parë

    7:30 very nice of them to stop that fallout at the Canadian border

  • Just The Hedricks
    Just The Hedricks20 orë më parë

    No country should have these weapons. Why can't we use nuclear for energy instead of war...

  • Just The Hedricks
    Just The Hedricks20 orë më parë

    New mexico is beautiful and full of history to bad its going down the drain.

  • Devin Taylor
    Devin Taylor21 orë më parë

    Kodak Black

  • Mahmat Ahmat
    Mahmat AhmatDitë më parë

    What if the radioactive went 10000000000000000000000000000000000 times more than it was before the tear bomba

  • MuthuGowriShankar S
    MuthuGowriShankar SDitë më parë


  • Jolly Swagman
    Jolly SwagmanDitë më parë

    That’s why they later resorted to test the bombs on islands in the pacific and to poison people over there instead

  • Jamie Thorsteinson
    Jamie ThorsteinsonDitë më parë

    Tried to find a cross section of fission products generated in a highly enriched nuclear blast, could only find reactor cross sections. There has to be a predictable pattern of fission products created no? I'm probably on a watch list for that curiosity search now... lmao

  • Kampfarsch
    KampfarschDitë më parë

    Kodak: "You ruined our product now give us money" Gov: "Nah we will tell you when and where we will ruin your product from now on instead" Alright seems fair

  • sara fox
    sara foxDitë më parë

    Why the HELL would you visit this location and potentially risk DNA damage from radiation. Assuming you took organic chemistry like me in college.... what the hell?? Stay the F !!! Away from A bomb test sites for OBVIOUS reasons

  • Bender9000
    Bender9000Ditë më parë

    the content after about 7:20 just makes me so mad.

  • Carlos Flores
    Carlos FloresDitë më parë

    Todos tenemos estroncio radioactivo en nuestros cuerpos... “Todos” Kimosavi?

  • Carlos Flores
    Carlos FloresDitë më parë

    7:30 the US conducted more than a hundred nuclear tests! Contaminating all the middle US.

  • Jacob Murphy
    Jacob MurphyDitë më parë

    Ight I no longer think just average ppl are stupid. Even some of our leaders are stupid and dont understand what they are doing. Why as a species do we feel the need to keep putting bad examples of ppl into important jobs?

  • thedesk
    thedeskDitë më parë

    Kodac exposed the gov on tape

  • Noah Roth-Shapiro
    Noah Roth-ShapiroDitë më parë

    He shot this video at these coordinates: 34.12853860928676, -118.5129518686644.

  • Tanvir ahamed
    Tanvir ahamedDitë më parë

    trust me brother some day soon jail maybe incoming u r not even a scientist and proving history wrong in many of ur videos and now this sharing someones states secret and information in ur own way withou persmission

  • Tyler Johnson
    Tyler JohnsonDitë më parë

    Why didn’t they take that carp to somewhere like Africa to test it

  • Lawrence Burkett
    Lawrence BurkettDitë më parë

    The radioactive material was probably transported within an elevated mixed-layer in the troposphere, not stratosphere.

  • Carlos Flores
    Carlos FloresDitë më parë

    Feynman, lyposarcoma; Von Neumann, either bone, pancreatic or prostate cancer; Oppenheimmer, diagnosed with throat cancer: Fermi, inoperable stomach cancer. “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.” J. Robert Oppenheimer

  • timelike01
    timelike01Ditë më parë

    Yup! The Cold War was horrible. The U.S. government cared more about their nuclear bomb tests than they cared about the American people.

  • [eggwhites]
    [eggwhites]2 ditë më parë

    This is why Kodak black is the goat

  • Michelle Smith
    Michelle Smith2 ditë më parë

    A lot of people got cancer from this and ALS but the individual pay the medical bills. We deserve our tax dollars to pay universal health care not trillions to secret military fund!!!

  • Edith
    Edith2 ditë më parë

    7:27 Is this how red states were born? Via radioactive poisoning? Republican => 10:21?

  • Seven Aries
    Seven Aries2 ditë më parë

    How insane is it that they can tell the age of wines and pictures just through the radiation from atomic bombs exploded decades ago?

  • Notta Coolguy
    Notta Coolguy2 ditë më parë

    So like Carl Sagan said, "The cosmos is within us. We are made of nuclear waste."

    HECTUH AYE2 ditë më parë

    Why did I think he was going to talk about Kodak Black🤣

  • Pawel Bembenek
    Pawel Bembenek2 ditë më parë


  • Der Gebeater
    Der Gebeater2 ditë më parë

    Explaines a lot of american behavior. Doesnt explain how you can be cruel enough to throw 2 of them on cities...

  • Jeremiah Barlow
    Jeremiah Barlow2 ditë më parë

    See that border line between UT and AZ that is where I was born and raised. My parents lived there for many years before. Ya, the US government is just as dirty as other governments.

  • Brendan Wood
    Brendan Wood2 ditë më parë

    I like how they just kept Canada green because there is a border; like that stopped the wind. Hey California: Label the air from Nevada "Proposition 65 Warning for California Customers: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm." Here's a fun bit of information: the mechanism which allows viruses, bacteria, and immune stimulants to enter the central nervous system is related to a compromised immune system. Environmental factors lead to compromised immune systems. Vaccines such as Pertussis and MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella) can cause encephalitis. Encephalitis is an auto-immune condition that can effect the CNS (Central Nervous System) and the neurons in the the brain. When permeation of the BBB (Blood Brain Boundary) occurs by a virus, bacteria, part of a virus, or immune stimulant through the lymphatic system the immune response in the CNS and brain causes the anti-bodies which normally fight infections to instead attack the neural receptors because they are similar to the receptor sights on viruses. Encephalitis can cause ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) which presents with the same range of symptoms as severe ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). In fact, encephalitis is often extremely difficult to diagnose, and lies well beyond the scope of most doctors and hospital workers. Some neurologists are specialized in understanding encephalitis, while others specialize in genetic disorders like ASD. There is a conflict of diagnoses because the severe range of ASD is not well understood, not confirmed to be genetic, suspected to be caused by viruses/bacteria/immune stimulants, and where the most tragic cases unfold. Encephalitis is covered under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in accordance with section 312(b) of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. The Vaccine Injury Table is provided by the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Autism is not covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Encephalitis could easily be mistaken as severe ASD. In that case the family has no compensation to help them care for a severely disabled child. In the worst case the infant may die of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and due to bruising and necrosis caused by encephalitis it may be determined that the mother shook or abused her child; several mothers have been wrongfully convicted and put in jail after losing a child. Now mothers like this are subjected to meme like ridicule and group slander/bullying. Don't take my word for it; go look at videos of a child who has autism vs. encephalitis. Ask a neurologist if there is a possibility of misdiagnosis. I couldn't figure out what would motivate them to hide the truth; but when I realized the mechanism that allows encephalitis to strike is a compromised immune system due to environmental factors; that was the KEY; corporate/military industrial pollution = class action lawsuits.

    NDR SHR2 ditë më parë

    Thanks for interesting content!

  • bananomet
    bananomet2 ditë më parë

    10:10 oh you are so naive. Of course they knew, they just did not care.

  • Steffen Stengård Villadsen
    Steffen Stengård Villadsen2 ditë më parë

    If this is how the government behave, no wonder there is a lot of conspiracy theories.

  • stenza
    stenza2 ditë më parë

    and all of this because some lazy idiots who did not want to move to the east coast and do the tests there...

  • Shadizer Silverhand
    Shadizer Silverhand3 ditë më parë

    I went to college at Vincennes University, I had no idea it at this kind of connection to things with the original atomic tests. Depressing but not surprising though given the immorality of the times that the US government's response to 'the worst place to test at is to the west' was to go 'but that's closest to our development centers so that's the best place for testing, plus we get millions of experimental animals to test on for free.'

  • Thomas Daily
    Thomas Daily3 ditë më parë

    You should test your weapons on the east coast. Ok, how about Nevada?

  • phil guer
    phil guer3 ditë më parë

    Positive effects of nuclear fallout: -Cesium datation.

  • phil guer
    phil guer3 ditë më parë

    Even with all the effort of the US governement, during in a state of emergency,and with an entire nation sympathetic to the governement, the trinity test didn't stay a secret. Yet some people still believe in the "deep state" or conspiracy theories about international cover-up...

  • Civsuccess2
    Civsuccess23 ditë më parë

    My bones are made of strontium. Unbreakable.

  • NE bigblue
    NE bigblue3 ditë më parë

    Tama is “Tay ma” not tahmah

  • Alby Tastic
    Alby Tastic4 ditë më parë

    When I worked at Kodak in the 60s we used to put out on the rooftops of the buildings X-Ray films and after a few days or so we'd develop them and sometimes they showed those tiny dots which was a tiny speck of radiation. This could also have been from the Windscale nuclear reactor which in the 50s caught fire. The fire burned for 3 days and spread fallout over the UK and a lot of Europe.

  • Shadizer Silverhand

    Shadizer Silverhand

    3 ditë më parë

    Imagine how much worse it would have been if that one guy hadn't insisted on them including scrubbers in the stacks that everyone else mocked thinking it just a waste of money.

  • Nora Batungbacal
    Nora Batungbacal4 ditë më parë

    So many americans were victims of nuclear fall out without them knowing about it.

  • r lee
    r lee4 ditë më parë

    bitchin' ride bro!

  • Deepansh Arora
    Deepansh Arora4 ditë më parë

    40 years later, when plastic causes new diseased, we'll see another video like this saying how we were careless and now there is plastic in everyone :)

  • Rimuru


    2 ditë më parë

    there already is to some extent, microplastics can even slip into cells.

  • Dirty Mathew
    Dirty Mathew4 ditë më parë

    10:08 DISAGREE

  • JustinThought1980
    JustinThought19804 ditë më parë

    Growing up in that era, we were warned not to make snow ice cream from the FIRST snow of the year, because it might contain radioactive fallout. Now, it looks like that admonition was just as accurate as the "Duck and Cover" films we were shown. Maybe a better admonition would have been to "Avoid eating anything--ever!" to avoid the radioactivity they were spewing around the country and the world at the time. But it is nice that the government loves us so much that they would at least give us THIS warning.

  • Nicholas Logothetis
    Nicholas Logothetis4 ditë më parë

    Reality's horrors beat any fiction.

  • h5mind
    h5mind4 ditë më parë

    Meanwhile, Fukushima gives a maniacal laugh.

  • h5mind
    h5mind4 ditë më parë

    After the U.S. nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two cites with virtually no military value but large civilian populations, American medical teams were quickly sent in. Not to treat victims, but to measure damage and mortality both from the blasts as well as in the ensuing weeks, months and even years. in other words, a great big atomic science experiment. For a historical view from the Japanese side, I recommend the manga series, 'Barefoot Gen', based on the real-life experience of a young survivor of the Hiroshima attack.

  • GTX Gaming
    GTX Gaming5 ditë më parë

    those bastards ...

  • ye77a
    ye77a5 ditë më parë

    we are monsters

  • Jonny D
    Jonny D5 ditë më parë

    Your entire channel is at jeopardy because Bill Gates is behind creating COVID-19 virus. It is a man-made virus and for somebody to predict that only a few years before it came out is too coincidental. And now ironically he is helping support in creating a vaccine. Follow the money!

  • Kyle Wood Creations
    Kyle Wood Creations5 ditë më parë

    Very cool.

  • Axton J Cranston
    Axton J Cranston5 ditë më parë

    Thankfully the fallout stopped at the Canadian border!

  • Mrmusikman 82
    Mrmusikman 825 ditë më parë

    Is that your car? Holly crap that is beautiful

  • Jake Mooshian
    Jake Mooshian5 ditë më parë

    Back in 1997 I read about this, and it's how I got the idea for my artist name, Atomchild.

  • Lousey123 Sey
    Lousey123 Sey6 ditë më parë

    I had a nuclear bomb after eating thai food yesterday

    BRAAAPNATION TJ6 ditë më parë

    Note to self, Kodak the paper company not Kodak black...

  • Vernon Brechin
    Vernon Brechin6 ditë më parë

    When testing went underground the U.S. Atomic Energy Agency (AEC) insisted it was done safely. The U.S. conducted a bit over 830 nuclear explosives underground. A U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report, issued in April of 1997, contained an estimate of the costs of a partial cleanup of the deposited radioactive blast debris. The estimate came to $7.29 trillion. That agency deemed such a cleanup as being impractical on several grounds. There was no mention of the emission of plutonium-239 in the blasts, in this video. One reason for that is details remain classified SECRET-RESTRICTED DATA. Those Pu-239 particles will remain a potential hazard for at least a half-million years. Most nuclear detonations dispersed over a half-kilogram of Pu-239 as extremely fine particles. It can now be measured in the sediments of the oceans.

  • Falcon Lopez
    Falcon Lopez6 ditë më parë


  • Benjamin Lucas
    Benjamin Lucas6 ditë më parë

    Have you considered depot binding and bioaccumulation?

  • Andrew Pierce
    Andrew Pierce6 ditë më parë

    If it did that to film over 1,000 miles away, imagine what that explosion did to the people who lived in the towns not even 25 miles from where they set it off. Most of Lincoln County, NM.

  • Pola & Tiger
    Pola & Tiger6 ditë më parë

    Danm, those Americans contaminating themselves. And no, it's just you with the little atomic fragments in your bones.

  • jeffer1984
    jeffer19846 ditë më parë

    Thanks America for the tests! Thanks for screwing with your an other people's health! The more you know the more retarded of a country it seems. Glad i am born somewhere else.

  • Andrew Crawshaw
    Andrew Crawshaw6 ditë më parë

    facepalms at nuclear powers....

  • ImTheInk
    ImTheInk7 ditë më parë

    3:49 if you know you know

  • Mom and Dad
    Mom and Dad7 ditë më parë

    How did you get permission to drive right up to the monument with your car?

  • Alex
    Alex7 ditë më parë

    And that's why there is so much cancer in USA.

  • Okipouros
    Okipouros8 ditë më parë

    War. War never changes

  • K Laplante
    K Laplante8 ditë më parë

    I wonder what the thyroid cancer rates are in Eastern American States VS California

  • Zadok Ingram
    Zadok Ingram8 ditë më parë

    "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." J Robert Oppenheimer

  • Up_Graded
    Up_Graded8 ditë më parë

    Sucks to be American I guess...

  • Nivyan
    Nivyan9 ditë më parë

    Americans are literally poisoned by their own Goverment, yet don't rebel or do anything about it. You're pathetic.

  • RandomRoulette
    RandomRoulette9 ditë më parë

    9:08 i like how the fallout stopped at the Canadian border.

  • Jacopo Tolja
    Jacopo Tolja9 ditë më parë


  • UglyStru
    UglyStru9 ditë më parë

    Just more evidence on how the US government cares more about corporations than their own people.

  • Kol Andy
    Kol Andy10 ditë më parë

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  • Kuwago
    Kuwago10 ditë më parë

    take a picture of that with a kodak

  • Zee Y
    Zee Y10 ditë më parë

    Kodak has bankrupted

  • Vicki Takacs
    Vicki Takacs10 ditë më parë

    And that is why and when all of those evil men should’ve been shot dead. Immediately. They knew this could’ve been made safer but then they wouldn’t have been able to make nuclear weapons so they went with Uranium which keeps on poisoning us all. Govt has never cared about your health except to ruin it. They too need to go. Evil pieces of filth. They have gotten even more evil.

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    Nazareadain10 ditë më parë

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  • trumps butt
    trumps butt11 ditë më parë

    i want more of these style videos related to history etc

  • Mr Nobody
    Mr Nobody11 ditë më parë

    Do you even realize the film pun you put in the title?

  • that guy
    that guy11 ditë më parë

    Might not be a health concern and I also dont wanna get into one of those stupid Facebook conspiracies but I always feel like our Government doesnt give a single damn about us. Hell we wouldn't know if some cia intern sneezed on the football and were all blow to hell

  • driftkids13
    driftkids1311 ditë më parë

    It hurt my soul when he miss pronounced Tama Iowa.

  • Dreaming One
    Dreaming One11 ditë më parë

    It isn't just the US. A lot of nuclear tests have occurred. It hasn't gone anywhere. This is a bubble that we live in. Stupid humans.

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