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Physicist converting old nuclear test explosion films to digital before they decompose

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Fri, Mar 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory brings to attention the work being done by weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and his team, who are uploading films of nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962 on YouTube. Because the film is made of organic material, the researchers hope to find all the films and convert them before they decompose.

"You can smell vinegar when you open the cans, which is one of the byproducts of the decomposition process of these films," Spriggs said. "We know that these films are on the brink of decomposing to the point where they'll become useless. The data that we're collecting now must be preserved in a digital form because no matter how well you treat the films, no matter how well you preserve or store them, they will decompose. 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."

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