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Some photographs of Project Pigeon. This was a project…

Some photographs of Project Pigeon.

This was a project undertaken during World War II. Behavioural Psychologist B.F. Skinner attempted to develop a missile guidance system controlled by pigeons.

Three pigeons, inserted in the compartments of the nose-cone pictured above, were to be trained to recognize a target and peck on the inner surface of the lens in front of them. As long as the pecks were centred, the missile would fly straight; if the missile’s course were to veer off-target, the off-centre pecks would alter trajectory and bring the missile back on course.

The project was cancelled in 1944. “Our problem”, said Skinner, “was no one would take us seriously.”

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Playing cards drawn by Slovenian artist and architect Boris…

Playing cards drawn by Slovenian artist and architect Boris Kobe, a political prisoner at Allach, a sub-camp of Dachau, near Munich. Intended for use in the card game ‘Tarok’, these cards were most likely created after the liberation of the camp on April 22, 1945.

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According to a note on the back of this photograph, it was taken…

According to a note on the back of this photograph, it was taken on August 6th, 1945, in the town of Kaitaichi, Japan. Kaitaichi is six miles away from Hiroshima; the photo was taken two minutes after the detonation of the first a-bomb, “Little Boy”.

This photo sat forgotten since 1953 in an archive of about 1,000 articles about the bombing, kept in Honkawa Elementary School in Hiroshima city. Most photographs of the mushroom cloud are from U.S. military sources, this alternate picture, showing the cloud broken into two parts, is quite rare.

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