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Detonation of an atomic bomb in White Sands, New Mexico.

The Atomic Age, Nuclear Age or Nuclear Era was a time period in Earth history that followed the detonation of the first atomic bomb.

In the early nuclear age, Mankind's ability to destroy itself by using nuclear weapons grew faster than its intelligence, though eventually Humans found the wisdom not to destroy themselves. Sargon's species similarly survived its nuclear era, but almost wiped itself out in a later era. (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow")

While discussing the age degenerative radiation sickness that had affected all of the landing party of the USS Enterprise, except Pavel Chekov, Doctor Leonard McCoy recalled having once read a piece from ancient history that contained information on a potential cure. This early research, recorded just after the Atomic Age, was based on the effects of administering adrenaline as a treatment for radiation sickness, which he noted as being "highly promising," but was ultimately abandoned when hyronalin was discovered. (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

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