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The Sinking of the Lusitania

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In 1915, the early days of submarine warfare, the RMS Lusitania was sunk off the coast of Ireland by a torpedo. Eyewitnesses reported a second, more powerful explosion just after the torpedo strike–possibly a boiler or powder explosion–that contributed to the ship sinking in only 18 minutes, resulting in nearly 1200 lives lost. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have tackled the historic mystery, combining computational efforts with experimentation and historical research to reconstruct the physics of what happened. The full documentary airs tonight on the National Geographic Channel as “Dark Secrets of the Lusitania”. (submitted by Stephanie N)

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