Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world's leading scientific labs. One of the results of keeping up with the cutting edge of technology is that the equipment quickly gets out of date. So Los Alamos holds regular auctions of obsolete equipment. For twenty five years, Ed Grothus has salvaged the artefacts of the nuclear age. A machinist at Los Alamos for twenty years, Grothus started his collection with a purchase of 600 items of khaki underwear. Now his atomic scrapyard stretches across 2,800 square metres, and includes oscilloscopes, computers, hydrogen bomb castings, components of a large solar power array and parts of the huge 'Antares' laser used in nuclear fusion research. His main repository is a disused Shop 'n Cart supermarket, dubbed by his clientele 'The Black Hole'.
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