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US Releases Secret Footage of Atomic Bomb Tests




After collecting dust in high-security vaults for more than 65 years, hundreds of rolls of film showing Cold War nuclear bomb tests have been declassified by the United States.

From 1945 to 1962, the United States detonated more than 210 nuclear bombs, with multiple cameras capturing each explosion at around 2,400 frames per second.

For decades, about 10,000 of these films have been locked away, sitting idle, scattered across the US in high-security vaults. Until now.

A team from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has worked for the last five years on finding, declassifying and preserving the films’ content before it was lost forever. The films were shot on nitrate film, which decomposes.

Greg Spriggs, a weapon physicist at LLNL and head of the project said when they got their hands on the film they could smell it wasting away.

It is made of nitrate cellulose, an organic material that, when decomposes, smells like vinegar.

"You can smell vinegar when you open the cans," Mr Spriggs said in a YouTube video.

"They’re made out of organic material, and organic material decomposes. So this is it. We got to this project just in time to save the data."

He estimates it will take another two years to scan the rest of the films, and longer to complete the analysis and declassification.

To date, the team has located around 6,500 of the estimated 10,000 films created during atmospheric testing.

Around 4,200 films have been scanned, 400 to 500 have been reanalysed and around 750 have been declassified.

Website: Youtube Atomic Bomb Tests

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Alamy Shows Off Visual Media Content at footageMarketplace
24th May in central London is the place to be for footage, stills and music libraries, and visual content controllers. Major collection Alamy will be there on Table 08, with content spanning a range of subjects, including time-lapse, conceptual business animations, lifestyle, wildlife and more.

March Madness Explodes with Car Culture from Global ImageWorks
Cars and people's fascination with their "wheels" are part of the fabric of pop culture. GIW's Automotive Collection delivers all aspects of car culture covering the entire history of the automobile as well as establishing a narrative of automotive advertising and brand-focused programmes.

Newsflare Makes Waves at footageMarketplace
Newsflare is the marketplace for user-generated content, specialising in viral and newsworthy videos. Launched in 2012, Newsflare has already amassed over 50,000 videos and uploads more than 2000 per month onto their platform through their apps and website.

CNN Digital Debuts its Virtual Reality Unit - CNNVR
CNN announced recently the official launch of CNNVR – a new immersive journalism unit and virtual reality platform within CNN Digital. The global team with elements in New York, Atlanta, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dubai, Johannesburg, Tokyo, and Beijing, will cover major news events in stunning 360 video, transport users to the front row of global events through VR live streams, and produce weekly virtual reality experiences.

robertharding goes Travelling to footageMarketplace
The renowned travel specialist footage and stills library will be at footageMarketplace. The collection is made up of a wide range of clips from world famous cameramen, footage libraries and numerous established archives, including international NGOs such as Greenpeace International.

ITV Sport Archive Competes at footageMarketplace
The multi award-winning sports specialist is joining the premier league of footage and music libraries which are exhibiting at footageMarketplace in London on May 24th, where all the major buyers and sellers of footage and music will be networking and dealing.

Huntley Film Archives Exhibits their Outstanding Collection at footageMarketplace in May
Central London is the place to be for visual media professionals on May 24th. Historical documentary specialist Huntley Film Archives will be showing material accumulated over four decades of film collecting. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN, so see them and over 30 other exhibitors at the home of BAFTA and network with other industry professionals.

Outstanding Development - Adobe Stock joins Stock Footage Online Network
The major stock footage player, Adobe Stock, has linked up with Stock Footage Online to ensure that it reaches out to leading researchers, producers and visual content controllers who use the SFO portal to search for and licence visual media.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Connect with the Visual Trends for 2017 at footageMarketplace on May 24th
Registration is now open for the UK's premier footage and production music networking event, on the 24th May in central London – where information and stimulation are the order of the day, plus have the opportunity to network with fellow content professionals. This is the most-awaited event in the stock footage and production music calendar.

AFP books to be at footageMarketplace
AFP has booked table 15 at this years footageMarketplace event on the 24th May. AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

US Civil Rights Movement Starts After 14-year-old Boy's Murder
In August 1955, a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. He was brutally murdered a few days later, and this event started off the US Civil Rights movement. WGBH Boston has excellent archive material of these events.

Index Stock Shots Supplies Footage for Three Films
Aviation specialist Index have supplied film of aircraft for three feature films in production, two set in the 1950s and contemporary sequel, T2 Trainspotting. The 1950s content was a Lockheed Super Constellation, and a Vickers Viscount.

British Movietone Launches Royals YouTube Channel
Discover archive footage of the British Royal Family and royalty from around the world with the dedicated British Movietone Royals channel on YouTube. Content dates from 1895 to 1986 and covers all key royal events over the years from weddings and christenings to royal tours and coronations.

Global ImageWorks' Landmark Early Hip-Hop Collection
From the streets of South Bronx to the turbulence of South Central Los Angeles in the 1980's and early 1990s, Global ImageWorks has footage that documents the birth of Hip Hop and the pioneers who made the music.

Screenocean adds Reuters Video Archive to their Footage Selection
Screenocean, who manage clip sales for Channel 4, Channel 5, Shed Media and Clips & Footage, today announced that they have added the Reuters Video Archive to their clips sales selection – one of the world's largest collections, dating back to 1896.

Chris Gibson Joins Pond5
After a successful five years at Framepool, Chris Gibson has joined Pond5 as International Sales Manager, to build on Pond5's already-impressive record as a global marketplace for stock video clips, images, audio, and special FX.

Unseen footage of Beatles worth 10,000 Pounds
Previously unseen footage of the Beatles performing on their first North American tour is expected to sell for more than 10,000 pounds at an auction. The 8mm film is from the band's performance in Montreal, Canada in September 1964 and shows rare colour footage of the Fab Four backstage.

USA - Huge Meteor Paints Sky Green over Lake Michigan
A local Police Department car dashcam captured a large meteor streaking across the sky above Lisle, a town near to Chicago, in northern Illinois, early on Monday morning.

Celebrate HOsiHO's 3rd Anniversary with 17% Off!
This week HOsiHO collection is celebrating its third anniversary! HOsiHO.com is a large online library collection of fantastic aerial video footage and photos, mostly shot by drone (UAV), and taken by a group of more than 50 talented professional photographers and cameramen based at the four corners of France.

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