Uses of Chemistry

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How has the study of chemistry affected the lives of ordinary people?

Every single day, without even realising it, we use so many things that are brought to us by the discoveries and advances in chemistry. Many of these things we take for granted, and don't even bother to question how it got there, why it is there, and how it works. Chemistry makes up everything in our lives, from the air that we breathe, to the plastic on the keyboard I'm typing on now, and a in depth study of some of the wonderful things chemistry has done for the modern day world, will help us to appreciate everything we have a great deal more.
For as long as we know, scientists have been creating, and improving new strategies to improve the lives of us humans. One
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To make their task even more complex, the chemical composition of the worthless uranium-238 and the valuable uranium-235 are almost exactly the same, which led to the development of a huge laboratory in Tennessee to separate the two isotopes.
In the mountains of New Mexico on July the 16th, 1945, six years of hard work, and two billion dollars later, the concept of atomic fission was about to be put to the test. When that bomb was blown into the air, and seeing the affects of what could happen if this was allowed to go on, a few of the participants in creating the bomb signed a petition to stop the construction of any more bombs like this, but these protests were completely ignored, and unleashed was the sort of power that has caused death and destruction beyond belief.
The atomic bomb has only ever been used twice in warfare, and both times has caused horrendous damage to human life. The first time it was used, was in Hiroshima, Japan on the 6th August, 1945. Instantly, 66 000 people were killed, and 69 000 were injured by a ten kiloton atomic explosion. Half a mile diameter in area from where the bomb was dropped was completely vaporized, within one and a half miles diameter, everything was completely destroyed, extreme blast damage was incurred within two miles diameter and within two and a half miles diameter, everything flammable burned. Is this what J. Robert Oppenheimer had in mind when he overlooked the entire creation of the

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