Civilian uses of the atom bomb

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The atom bomb is obviously usable (it has been used more than 60 years ago) for war. But some people had the weirdest idea: Using the bomb (Not a nuclear power plant, mind you! A real bomb) for civilian uses. Wired has an interesting list.

  • Digging a hole, a big hole, a harbour
  • Digging a new Panama canal
  • Natural Gas Exploration
  • Mining Oil Shale
  • Disposing of Nuclear Waste (Would you believe it?)
  • Propulsing humans into space
  • Defending Earth From an Asteroid

None of these seem to be remotely applicable…