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All I want for Christmas is a Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab

Who says kids toys these days are more fun than in 1950

     
4:03 am on Dec 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The U-238 Atomic Energy lab was a chemistry set that was sold in 1950-1951 by the famous Gilbert Company of the erector set fame. The complete set is shown at the following url.

[orau.org...]

Yes things were much more fun back in the days before toy makers had lawyers on staff :) Sorry Lawman !

6:00 am on Dec 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Pretty cool.
10:31 am on Dec 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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U.S. had an enormous headstart regarding atomic energy.

Exactly what did they do with it?

10:32 am on Dec 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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looks like a lot of fun!

i never grew out of meccano :o)

1:15 pm on Dec 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Oh, now I know where the mouse originated from. Look at that deionizer. Then look at the picture inside the box. Look familiar? ;)
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In more modern times, this happened:

[dangerouslaboratories.org...]

7:55 pm on Dec 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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slightly OT but related: When I was a kid I loooved LEGOs. Building things with all those blocks was fun. Today, LEGO has fully functional and programmable robotics kit - LEGO Mindstorms! Couple of more years and my kids will be big enough so that I can play with this..... errr, I mean they can play with it :)

[mindstorms.lego.com...]

6:16 pm on Dec 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I keep trying to convince my wife I need a lego mindstorm kit, and she keeps balking.

Oddly, she has no problem with my rocketry addiction. Go figure.