The time-lapse video below, prepared by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto, shows every nuclear explosion starting with the Manhattan Project test in 1945 (excluding two North Korea may have done) until the Pakistani tests in 1998. It takes a while to play right through, but personally I found this time let me think about the patterns and what was happening in the world at the time. Each month is condensed into one second; you’ll note the scoring and colour-coding of the explosions. (For New Zealanders: the French tests are shown as green explosions.) Further details about the video and the artist can be found on the artist’s web page.
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