How Kodak Exposed The Atomic Bomb

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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"
Kestus: 13:19


Immanuel Lasker
Immanuel Lasker - 21 minut tagasi
the stupidity and the cinism of the commanders in chief in the US is amazing
Jan Mlynář
Jan Mlynář - 2 tundi tagasi
Europeans Are not from atomic bombs. They Are from chernobyl.
shockwave1986 - 2 tundi tagasi
My heart sank when I realised american government doing this deliberately to their own people?!?! Just WTF.
Optron Cordian
Optron Cordian - 2 tundi tagasi
I, personally am thankful to them for choosing Nevada for their test site. Otherwise, they could spread the contamination over the ocean.
Erik Juarez
Erik Juarez - 3 tundi tagasi
WOW crazy 😣
Joseph Krupka
Joseph Krupka - 5 tundi tagasi
So history title projects are gunna be a whole lot more interesting: "How the U.S. nucked itself" "How you are radioactive" "how ur made from an atomic bomb"
Noi Jadis Cailleach
Noi Jadis Cailleach - 5 tundi tagasi
Everyone? You mean, just Americans right?
So Americans only recognize Americans as humans and no one else.
Got ya.
Mike Harris
Mike Harris - 5 tundi tagasi
Everybody's subscribe to this channel. Then maybe this guy can afford an iron for his shirt.
HoofedWhale - 6 tundi tagasi
Weird that map we keep seeing doesn’t show any fallout in Canada...
WyomingPTT - 6 tundi tagasi
Shame Kodak didn't put that ingenuity towards keeping their business alive 😔
Once again once again zero shits forgiving to the American public or the world for that matter
easystreets70 - 7 tundi tagasi
Very precise. Nice.
Anime Armpits
Anime Armpits - 8 tundi tagasi
this is like those movies and shows where it's like "how the hell did they figure that out.. " only this is real..
DumbSkippy - 9 tundi tagasi
Another exceptional video.
Alex Cooke
Alex Cooke - 9 tundi tagasi
im upset kodak black didnt expose the atomic bomb
OCOWA Games - 9 tundi tagasi
"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." - Veritasium
Bernat Roselló
Bernat Roselló - 9 tundi tagasi
Imagine giving your population cancer because of radioactive test and then make them pay for private healthcare. oof
scoobtoober29 - 11 tundi tagasi
Thanks for posting very interesting.
rohan - 12 tundi tagasi
Today I saw 2 maps of the US. One is population density map on John Oliver and another one is this fallout 9:08. Please tell me the population growth has nothing to do with the radioactive fallout. Also, Derek was saying those radio active elements are part of our body but this is true only for US citizens, right?
sarahieda - 13 tundi tagasi
I'm so happy to not be born in the US

but at the same time my country had the biggest "civilian" radioactive accident in the world. I guess you could never always win, but also I would not drink that 1964 wine
Anna Mozatee
Anna Mozatee - 15 tundi tagasi
I've got an old watch from my great-uncle; I had it appraised a few years ago and the guy appraising it told me; "you might have a problem selling it 'cuz of the radium, but if you want to get rid of it, I'll give ya 10 grand for it." I absolutely wasn't expecting THAT! I didn't sell it.
gizmo gremlin
gizmo gremlin - 11 tundi tagasi
Yeah but did he tell you where he had to hide that watch.
htmagic - 15 tundi tagasi
I knew this back in the 1960s as a kid as my Dad worked in a papermill that made photographic base paper for Polaroid, GAF, and even Kodak when they couldn't supply the demand. He said they would monitor the air quality and when the Russians or Americans were doing atomic testing, they'd switch over to a different stock like clearform used in greeting cards. After a few days when tests showed no more fallout, they'd switch back to running photographic base paper. Fascinating!
Professor Perry
Professor Perry - 15 tundi tagasi
Have you ever done a video on Graham's law of effusion?
Jimbo 0117
Jimbo 0117 - 16 tundi tagasi
It never ceases to amaze the amount of scientific know-how and capabilities Eastman-Kodak had in its heyday. Very sad to look at it now - a mere shadow of its former self 😌
Niper777 - 16 tundi tagasi
Imagine in Japan
pravin18in - 16 tundi tagasi
Zecrom King
Zecrom King - 17 tundi tagasi
7:37 the bulls have an udder ;-;
mostlyokay - 17 tundi tagasi
Your audience is not exclusively comprised of people from the USA, so saying things like "to this day we all have some strontium-90 in our bones" is alienating to some watchers.
D3cyTH3r - 21 tund tagasi
I wonder how many cancers were caused globably by 20th century nuclear testing?
Ali Salehuddin
Ali Salehuddin - 21 tund tagasi
If the radiation exposes the film, how do we have photographs of the explosions? They must have been using flims to record them. The post explosion radiation can easily penetrate the camera body and ruined the pictures. Were the cameras lead shielded?
3 Pizzas to go
3 Pizzas to go - 22 tundi tagasi
At some point Webb was sure he was gonna end up himself "under" the desert
Rob Seeley
Rob Seeley - Päev tagasi
Let's run the twentieth century again.
RSH21 - Päev tagasi
No one will ever be as good as this guy not even morgan freeman
RSH21 - Päev tagasi
Wow so the US government chose to pollute the entire country and more just so they could save fuel by having it closer to their labs. Totally pathetic. Assholes
Chad Bryden
Chad Bryden - Päev tagasi
Hey so I have a grey beard and I discovered Covergirl waterproof mascara. It's super cheap and just a light brush across the beard gets rid of the grey and looks totally natural. The heck with just for men. You're welcome.
Lorant1984 - Päev tagasi
Just wait until history repeat itself with the 5G!
Mike Turk
Mike Turk - Päev tagasi
Was it a good exposure? ;)
Nic Gresham
Nic Gresham - Päev tagasi
I'm suing
John E
John E - Päev tagasi
Been there and flew around the site too.
Thahir Ahmed
Thahir Ahmed - Päev tagasi
No one:
US: Let's give cancer to our people.
John Slugger
John Slugger - Päev tagasi
The human race is destined to slowly kill itself off. If we don't kill ourselves nature will do it for us. Were probably the most endangered species on the planet and maybe that's a good thing.
Andrew Comstock
Andrew Comstock - Päev tagasi
not gonna lie tho, I don't mind having that in my bones, it makes me feel cool
Fletcher Moffett
Fletcher Moffett - Päev tagasi
How Kodak EXPOSED The Atomic Bomb. I see what you did there.
BSmooth - Päev tagasi
Canada be like WTF AYE @ 9:07
E.PLUMBUS UNUM - Päev tagasi
Such blatant hypocracy; the major nuclear powers all knew damn well about the repercussions that the fallout from all these nuclear test would bring to their own people yet they continued exploding these bombs for decades. They did this under the guise of protecting us when, in fact, they poisoned us just as bad as our enemies might have. Never trust government. Never.
Timothy Azbill
Timothy Azbill - Päev tagasi
Kodak had a nuclear reactor in Rochester NY for decades without anyone knowing.
Bruniau - Päev tagasi
I like the way the fall outs stop perfectly on the US/Canada border
Xeth247 - Päev tagasi
I love the concept of "hey, we shouldn't cause panic by telling people that these events might affect the health of our children. Let's downplay this. It doesn't matter if it continues to affect people's lives, even kill them."
Thing is, that very same statement can be made about nuclear tests AND a recent public health issue.
Just sayin'
Kathryn Davidson
Kathryn Davidson - Päev tagasi
Wait: Didn't Kodak already know all about the bomb, since filming it required them to engineer/manufacture special film capable of surviving the flash - light brighter than the sun?
kuk fitta
kuk fitta - Päev tagasi
just call it a conspiracy theory and no one will believe
TheSavageProdigy - Päev tagasi
So great. Now I just learned that the government has screwed our health and altered our bodies by testing bombs...Why couldn’t they have just nuked Antarctica?
Dark at Hearts
Dark at Hearts - Päev tagasi
Using SCP music.
becky s
becky s - Päev tagasi
That shirt could do with a bit of ironing.
Someone's Alt
Someone's Alt - Päev tagasi
the way he says "hiroshima"...
THEDON FONZ - Päev tagasi
does he mean Americans only or everyone in the world?
Ed Gump
Ed Gump - Päev tagasi
My childhood friend Patrick Barr's father, Herald Barr was a photographer for Los Alamos Labs and he was tasked with filming the first blast at Trinity Site. He is credited with taking the first image with the cactus on the left and the Smoke streamers in the background to aid sciences to see the shockwaves caused by the blast. He was knocked on his ass by the shockwave, but otherwise unharmed. He was a good friend, mentor, and my favorite Boy Scout leader until he died in his early 60's of cancer.
Watson Harrell
Watson Harrell - Päev tagasi
Jesus loves you brochachoz
The Two Wheeled Teacher
The Two Wheeled Teacher - Päev tagasi
TAY-MA, Iowa :)
Buggy_ AI
Buggy_ AI - Päev tagasi
Thanks Obama.
Aaron McCausland
Aaron McCausland - Päev tagasi
How does fusion bomb fallout compare to fission bomb fallout? Is it more or less harmful and for more or less time?
J Drake
J Drake - Päev tagasi
"Over a thousand kilometers", sorry I am from the US, I don't speak communist.
J Drake
J Drake - 19 tundi tagasi
@edu_ Fas Haha!
edu_ Fas
edu_ Fas - 20 tundi tagasi
It is as distant as 10,936 American Football pitches
iLoveEatingPie - Päev tagasi
Is this applicable to US only, or to the rest of the world as well?
fishhisy - Päev tagasi
Kodak: Red Sus
USA: How
andrew55944 - Päev tagasi
Americans, your government is just amazing 👍
Der HerrDirektor
Der HerrDirektor - Päev tagasi
The map nearly perfectly matches German heritage in the USA. Maybe they should sue the country for this racist action. Everybody has to go with the times.
Andrii Vlasov
Andrii Vlasov - Päev tagasi
While in USSR they just nuked some villages
emyuniverse - Päev tagasi
Thank you US for giving us higher risk of cancer.
Donte470 - Päev tagasi
It’s honestly impressive how the scientist investigated the radiation on the films.
Σאgßと - Päev tagasi
If wine made in 1930 was exposed to a nuclear explosion, wouldn't it gain high levels of radioactive materials? Then how would people differentiate between forged wine and real wine? Just curious here.
A M - Päev tagasi
That's in America mostly I suppose. What about Tchernobyl for Europeans? How are we still exposed today?
Gusty Abra
Gusty Abra - Päev tagasi
When you say we all still have Strontium-90 in our bones, do you mean people in North America or the entire world?
How far has the spread of radioactive atoms reached? I don't think European and Asian people were importing US milk into their countries.
LetsBeClear - Päev tagasi
Time lapse of every atomic bomb since 1945 on a world map.. worth a viewing or 2
Andrew - Päev tagasi
Very interesting video, incredible information and insight I never even considered or have seen from previous/similar content providers, so GREAT video...that aside, this subject matter makes me sick to my stomach. To think of the untold number of people who have developed various cancers and other ailments, without knowledge as to its true cause, left to suffer & face the consequences of actions they had no control over, all in the name of our wonder weapon...
Humans are capable of such beauty and a degree of analytical & technical ability unmatched by any other organism...yet we seem DETERMINED to eradicate ourselves and the planet we live on. This is so heartbreaking to me 😞
MisterIvyMike - 2 päeva tagasi
09:05: Nice to see, that the fallout stops at the canadien border... 😂👍
DeadeyeViper - 2 päeva tagasi
You can always count on Kodak for good exposure.
Sean Flora
Sean Flora - 2 päeva tagasi
When saying place names, check on pronunciation.
Wabash is NOT pronounced the way you think.
mahboudz - 2 päeva tagasi
Has YouTube increased the number of ads? And are they inserting them mid-sentence? It’s making videos unwatchable.
Jonathan Sullivan
Jonathan Sullivan - 2 päeva tagasi
Thank you for the information. I thought I knew about the range of fallout. Still blown away.
Chadrick Edwards
Chadrick Edwards - 2 päeva tagasi
1. America attacks North Korea.
2. Rome nukes New York City and it gets blamed on Russia and China. America declares war on Russia and China.
3. Russia and China nukes all of America's airbases(there's about one in every city) and sinks half their naval fleet.
4. Iran pushes west.
5. Rome nukes London and Paris.
6. Iran pushes north and south.
7. Rome nukes Moscow and Beijing.
8. Iran pushes at Rome.
9. Rome nukes Iran.
10. Israel pushes at Rome and prevails.
11. Pope Francis gets sympathy from the nations of the north and causes them to surround and destroy Jerusalem.
12. God destroys all the statues in Rome.
13. The nations of the north surround and destroy Rome while at the same time God destroy's Rome with fire and brimstone from heaven; and Pope Francis falls with it.
14. The last king rises to power and issues the mark of the beast.
15. God destroys all grass(herbs and vegetables) and fruit bearing trees, cows and chickens quickly become extinct. So there's no food except for fish and swine.
16. A third of the sea turns to blood.
17. A third of the fountains of fresh water go bitter.
18. A third of the day is shortened. (24 hours to 16 hours)
19. All the oceans turns to blood.
20. All the rivers and lakes turn to blood.
21. The sun gets extremely hot(7 times normal).
22. The sun goes out, and the moon turns to blood.
23. Saints get executed.
24. The great earthquake.
25. Remnant gets executed.
26. The rest of the people left(which are those who has taken the mark of the beast) gather for Armageddon.
27. Christ resurrects his people and returns to Armageddon to destroy whoever's left.
Dank_Dexter - 2 päeva tagasi
do you think these events could have resulted in the creation of the Yellowstone volcano considering that Montanna was one of the closest states to be impacted by these nukes. I was doing an essay on the super volcano for grade 9 during the spring and this reminded me of it.
gyan kishan
gyan kishan - 2 päeva tagasi
conclusion: US government is the reason for the downfall of Kodak due to nukes sites near the factories
King Kazuma
King Kazuma - 2 päeva tagasi
Freaks 1993 film
King Kazuma
King Kazuma - 2 päeva tagasi
pro-melt pro-mass pro-atomic pro-down
King Kazuma
King Kazuma - 2 päeva tagasi
I didn't.. :]
Hellequin Maskharat
Hellequin Maskharat - 2 päeva tagasi
the 'murica part of the USA makes much more sense now.
Tausif ali
Tausif ali - 2 päeva tagasi
Its like the US made the atomic bomb with scientists that came from axis countries
Sanse - 2 päeva tagasi
wow f u Kodak, you could have sided with the people
Haru - 2 päeva tagasi
yo i know damn well kodak black aint expose no atomic bomb hes in jail!!
No Name
No Name - 2 päeva tagasi
Tay-mah, Iowa
Evan Margol
Evan Margol - 2 päeva tagasi
Purple rain.
Jeshua Yusti
Jeshua Yusti - 2 päeva tagasi
i thought he was talkin bout the rapper
Junk Bond Trader
Junk Bond Trader - 2 päeva tagasi
I bet strontium 91 is an absolute boss
Ian Zainea
Ian Zainea - 2 päeva tagasi
I also thought this video was gonna be about how they literally exposed the film to shoot the ffirst test, because they'd never seen one before, but they got the exposure pretty damn good.
Junk Bond Trader
Junk Bond Trader - 2 päeva tagasi
09:10 wow not even radiation can penetrate the rugged Canadian landscape :p
Ian Zainea
Ian Zainea - 2 päeva tagasi
10:07 - "And I think the main problem was that in the 40s and 50s not enough was known about the biological effects of radioactive fallout." Uh, no... the government only protects big capital. Always has been the case, especially in the US. Capital trumps everything. They may not have had explicit studies of what fallout did, but they damn well knew what radiation did. And fallout is just another form of radiation. They knew exactly what they were doing.
Junk Bond Trader
Junk Bond Trader - 2 päeva tagasi
07:25 take THAT Utah. No wonder they're so odd.
Junk Bond Trader
Junk Bond Trader - 2 päeva tagasi
Ah, figuratively exposed. I thought they were tasked with photographing the first nuke, which was so bright it'd be hard to photograph, but not for KODAK, masters of light exposure!!!!!!!! But no.
Al Veeh
Al Veeh - 2 päeva tagasi
he never told us the exposure settings on the cameras to expose the bomb ! FAKE NEWS !!
Ian Zainea
Ian Zainea - 2 päeva tagasi
2:28 - wabash ... is said like "waw", and "bash" like bash it in. Wabash /ˈwɔːbæʃ/
Emery98 - 2 päeva tagasi
Alex Palacios
Alex Palacios - 2 päeva tagasi
"There is something wrong with this picture" talking about Kodak photographic film - was pun intended?