In January 2012, the media reported that the Israel Atomic Energy Commission decided to shut down the reactor temporarily due to the center’s vulnerability to attack from Iran. In October and November 2012, Hamas fired rockets at Dimona and the Negev Nuclear Research Center, but the facility was not harmed.
The airspace over the facility is closed to all aircrafts. The area around the center is heavily guarded and fenced off and necessary measures will be implemented to prevent unauthorized entry.
The Forbidden Isle
Nowadays, the island is off-limits to most visitors with the exception of the island's owners, U.S. Navy personnel, the Robinson family, government officials, and invited guests. The island for this reason has garnered the nickname "The Forbidden Isle."
Starting in 1987, a small number of very supervised activity tours and hunting safaris began for tourists. Tourists may be able to get up close and personal with the island's greenery, but interacting with the locals is strictly off-limits. The current owners of the island and those who oversee management are brothers Bruce Robinson and Keith Robinson.
The Negev Research Center
The Shimon Peres Nuclear Research Center, formerly the Negev Nuclear Research Center is an Israeli nuclear installation located in the Negev desert. It is situated about thirteen kilometers southeast of the city of Dimona, Israel. The construction of the facility began in 1958, with French assistance according to the secret Protocol of Sevres agreement between Israel, France, and the United Kingdom. Its heavy-water nuclear reactor was said to have become active at some point between 1962 to 1964.
Information about the facility is highly classified. Israel declares that the nuclear reactor and research facility are intended for research purposes into atomic science. However, it is believed that the reactor is actually used to produce nuclear materials for Israel's nuclear weapons. In 1986, Mordechai Vanunu, an ex-technician at the facility, fled to the UK and revealed some evidence of Israel’s nuclear program to the media. He also explained the purpose of each building, also exposing a top-secret underground compound located right below the installation.
Tomb of Qin Shi Huang
The Terracotta Army is a set of terracotta sculptures illustrating the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a type of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of keeping the emperor safe in his afterlife.
The figures date from around the late third century BCE and were found in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, People's Republic of China, Shaanxi province. The figures differ in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. Among the figures are warriors, chariots, and horses.
Estimates from 2007 claimed that the three pits housing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses, most of which stayed buried in the pits near Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were discovered in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians.
The historian Sima Qian (145–90 BCE) described the construction of the tomb in his most noted work Shiji which was written a century after the mausoleum's completion. The construction of the mausoleum began in 246 BCE soon after Emperor Qin (then aged 13) took to the throne, and there were eventually 700,000 workers involved in the construction. On March 1974, farmers discovered The Terracotta Army after they dug a water well about 1.5 kilometers (0.93 mi) east of the Qin Emperor's tomb mound at Mount Li (Lishan), a region permeated with underground springs and streams.