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IN History & Culture ON 17 Dec, 2015
A great accomplishment demands great sacrifice. But there are some experiments that were conducted in the name of science that crossed the limits of defining what is a sacrifice. You might doubt whether the people who conducted these experiments were human.
You are yet to come across the most inhuman acts ever conducted, so don't freak out.
On the island of Bikini Atoll, the US government tested a nuclear bomb. The radiation affected much larger area than they expected, as the bomb was of a much higher yield. Closest to the test site were The Marshall Islands and to know the effects of the radiation on the residents, the US Government conducted studies. But they never let the residents know about the impact of radiation poisoning. The people reported deformed babies, stillbirths, impaired growth.
To keep African-American black people from having sexual intercourse with anybody without any control, they were told that they had an STD. This happened in a study conducted by The United States Public Health Service (PHS), where the men were enrolled at the Tuskegee University, which was was set up to accommodate and educate African-American (black) people.
Enrico Fermi, a scientist, involved in Manhattan Project, was responsible for building Chicago Pile 1, the first fully functional nuclear reactor. When it was first turned on, it was located under the stands of the football pitch of the University Of Chicago. And there was no way you could cool it if it went critical because it was ambiently cooled.
To achieve a complete mind control over prisoners, a study was conducted. In the experiments of CIA, prisoners, prostitutes, military personnel, regular citizens were given very high doses of LSD without their permission or consent. Not only this, but they also hypnotized patients to learn the role that anxiety plays in interrogation.
The then American President Coolidge wanted people to stop drinking alcohol. So he thought of a way that make alcohol disgusting is to add a chemical that makes it smell or taste disgusting, adding methyl alcohol. The process is called denaturing. The government added a bit too much. As a result, 10,000 people died after consuming this alcohol.
Louis Slotin, a Los Alamos researcher, studied on the criticality of the radioactive fuel – Plutonium. While lowering, a hemisphere of the metal Beryllium on radioactive Plutonium, the screwdriver slipped, and the Plutonium was almost covered with Beryllium making it achieve the critical mass – the stage at which nuclear fission starts. To avert a disaster, he flipped the cover to the floor but got a lethal dose of radiation – which killed him in 24 hours.
Five US Air Force personnel with one photographer volunteered to stand below the detonation of a two kiloton atomic bomb on July 19, 1957. It was planned to be detonated in the mid air, 3 miles above their heads. To convince US citizens that it's okay to counter Russia with nuclear weapons this was done.
Dr. Johnson of the University of Iowa picked 22 orphans for a speech therapy study. The objective was to find the effect of feedback on the stuttering children. Half of the children were complimented when they made improvements, and the other half were rebuked and belittled for stuttering.
Nazi doctors did horrible experiments. Bodies of twin children were sewed to create conjoined twins, injecting malaria into patients and trying to come up with cure and immunizations. There was a military unit in Japan called unit 731 which conducted atrocities, deliberately infecting people with Gonorrhea and Syphilis. To learn the reason behind the disease spread, Women prisoners were raped forcefully and made pregnant.
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