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The Doomsday Clock Remains At 3 Minutes To Midnight, But That's Horrible News

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced today that the Doomsday Clock, which represents our proximity to an apocalyptic event, will remain at three minutes to midnight. But that’s still terrifying.


That Time A Girl Wrote To JFK Asking If The Soviets Were Going To Nuke Santa Claus

In 1961 an eight-year-old girl from Marine City, Michigan wrote to President Kennedy. She wanted to know if the Russians were going to bomb the North Pole. JFK responded with the letter below, assuring her that Santa would be just fine.


The Futuristic Comic That Turned The Sunday Funnies Into A Cold War Weapon

On 12 January 1958, an important weapon of the Cold War was introduced. It wasn’t a missile or a spy satellite, but rather a colourful Sunday comic strip that showed Americans what the future was going to look like. It was called Closer Than We Think.


The 1950s 'Miracle Kitchen' Of The Future Had Its Own Roomba

In July 1959, the magazine Look ran an article describing the “miracle kitchen” of the future, ostensibly about the amazing advances that Americans would see in their own homes. In reality, it was part of a much larger propaganda battle of the Cold War — and it involved a proto-roomba.


There Are Other Things In Chernobyl Apart From Radiation

Chernobyl is obviously well-known for one particular thing, but as it turns out, the town is hiding things other than two-headed squirrels.


The Secret 1949 Radiation Experiment That Contaminated Washington

The physicists who invented the nuclear bomb worked out of Los Alamos in New Mexico, but the people who did the dirty work of making the bombs were in Hanford, Washington. Throughout the Cold War, Hanford churned out plutonium for our nuclear arsenal. It was also, conveniently, a place to experiment with radiation.


An Ageing Cold War Policy May Make It Easier To Hack Nuclear Warheads 

Floppy disks. Cheating schemes. Drunken bar antics. The security of America’s nuclear arms is… less than perfect. And now, more critics are questioning the outdated policies that regulate them.


How The New Cold War Is Improving Your Navigation

Ever contemplated going to war with America but been thwarted when the Great Satan switched off your access to its navigation satellites? That’s potentially a real problem for China and Russia, but the real victor in this navigational arms race might be you; it’s improving the quality of location data on your phone and in your car.


The Rise And Fall Of The World's Nuclear Arsenal Over 70 Years

Since 1987, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has been counting up each country’s nuclear arsenal in its Nuclear Notebook, peeling back the veil of secrecy that often surrounds these numbers. The Bulletin has now gone and made its Nuclear Notebook into a neat interactive graphic.


10 Cold War-Era Board Games About Spies And Secret Agents 

Americans were obsessed with spy culture during the Cold War. I mean, who didn’t love James Bond? Communists, that’s who. The gosh darn Communits. Spying seeped into every aspect of pop culture in the 1960s and ’70s — from TV and movies to comic books and even board games.


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