Idaho's Fascinating Place in American Science

BOISE, Idaho. The Idaho National Laboratory holds a fascinating place in American science. Located in Idaho Falls, the 890-square-mile compound was constructed in 1949 to house the world's most robust collection of nuclear reactors. At its height, the compound was home to 52 nuclear reactors, but only three remain operational today.

According to data from the Atomic Heritage Foundation, the INL was originally known as the National Reactor Testing Station charged with four key tasks:

  • Prove atomic energy could output & sustain substantial amounts of energy
  • Produce a nuclear engine to propel U.S. Navy submarines
  • Experiments that included elemental & safety testing
  • Assigned to assess, recover, and dispose of nuclear waste byproducts

Idaho Nuclear Compound Makes History

Pretty major, right? Then, just six years later, the Idaho nuclear compound was the first of its kind to power an entire city thanks to output from its nuclear reactors.

Nearly seven decades ago on Jul. 17, 1955, it was the town of Arco, Idaho that was the first municipality to be exclusively powered by nuclear energy. The demonstration lasted no more than one hour, but "the atomic laboratory at Idaho Falls has played a crucial role developing atomic technology across the United States" since that time.

Because of the monumental triumph in Arco, today nuclear energy sources approximately 20% of the nation's electricity and 50% of its carbon-free electricity!

For more information & updates on the exciting nuclear developments happening at the Idaho National Laboratory and around the U.S., click here

Video Proof That Aliens Are In Love With Idaho's Fall Weather

More videos of UFOs in Idaho have popped up on YouTube... do aliens really love the Gem State this much?

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

Amazing Footage of UFOs Over Idaho Will Make You A Believer

Thanks to footage shared with us by Facebook user, Christine, here are some shocking stills from the stunning footage captured of UFOs (aka UAPs) over Idaho Falls.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

Weird Things Idahoans Have Googled About Human Bones

Billy Currington once sang, "God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy."

Well, Billy, after looking up the legality of buying and selling human bones, we can officially attest to the fact that people are, in fact, crazy.

The gallery below features the weirdest $#!t Idahoans have Googled about human bones. From buying and selling them, to how they taste and artistic ways to preserve them, we're low-key disturbed by what our neighbors are doing online.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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