It was only 81 years ago back on February 27, 1932 when Sir James Chadwick (not pictured above) published a letter announcing his discovery of the neutron. Besides giving students a new particle to memorize, Chadwick's discovery also helped lead the world into the nuclear age by allowing science to split the atom. The atomic bomb would not have been possible without Chadwick's work, so... thanks?
We've told you before about legislation in Congress that would make the laboratories that housed the Manhattan Project
into a national park, commemorating probably the greatest gathering of scientific minds in the history of time and both the scientific progress (atomic energy) and sickening horror (the atomic bomb) that resulted from it. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act
finally came up for a vote in the halls of Congress last night, and a majority of our great nation's elected represntatives
-- 237 grown adults -- agreed that it should be a thing that exists, which, given the state of our political system today, of course means that the bill failed.
Confused? We've got your explanation after the jump.
The three sites that were instrumental in the creation of the atomic bomb could be on their way to becoming permanent monuments to the Manhattan Project.
A bill working it's way through Congress could see Los Alamos National Laboratory
in New Mexico, the Hanford Nuclear Reactor
in Washington state, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
in Tennessee turned into national parks commemorating the Manhattan Project, which was responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb and the possibility of nuclear reactors for generating power
. The Project remains one of mankind's most impressive scientific achievements -- and among it's most horrific.