StudlyScrewRite said Hmm, I know several who have suggested that the entire Middle East problem would be solved by making glass out of the sand there....so why not batteries?
When the first atomic bomb was exploded in the desert near Los Alamos in 1945, scientists were surprised to discover that the incredible heat had fuzed some of the sand into glass. You're not implying...?
The bomb was designed and manufactured at Los Alamos, but was transported and exploded at the Trinity test site some 200 miles south.
I've been to the Los Alamos National Labs Museum which has extensive displays detailing the history and research that's been done up to current day. They have full size mockups of both Fat Man and Little Boy, the bombs that were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan.
The city was highly secured, letters going in and out being subject to censorship. Displays document how the researchers and their families lived during the WW II period.
The Trinity site opens once a year -- in April -- for those interested.
Los Alamos is located on a high desert mesa northwest of Santa Fe.