When Protons Are a Negative Force
My fellow airman had no lasting effects, but Anatoli was not so lucky. The left half of Bugorski's face swelled up beyond recognition, and over the next several days, his skin began peeling off, revealing the path that the proton beam had burned through parts of his face, skull, and the brain tissue. The thumbnail image shows the approximate path of the beam. Aside from occasional seizures, some facial paralysis, and a persistent ringing in his ear, he survived in spite of experts predicting his certain demise. In fact, Mr. Bugorski eventually completed earning his Ph.D., married and had children, and even and held the post of Coordinator of physics experiments. Due to secrecy and security policies surrounding nuclear programs, it was more than a decade before a report of the incident was made known to the outside world.
Someone, probably not Mr. Bugorski, created a Facebook page for him.
Posted June 2013
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