During World War II, Nazi scientists attempted to make a nuclear bomb, using two-inch cubes of uranium as fuel.
The bomb never came to fruition, and while Allied forces confiscated many of the cubes, most have been lost to time. Even the ones that scientists do have access to are still shrouded in mystery. But now researchers are making strides toward tracking them down, according to research presented this week at an American Chemical Society conference — and better understanding the experimental Nazi tech.
Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are hard at work tracing some of the cubes’ origins. Oddly, even the researchers working on the project aren’t sure how the lab got its hands on some.
Some of the historical data they’re working off is anecdotal, PNNL researcher Brittany Robertson said in a press release. But the team thinks…