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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 And now, more critics are questioning the outdated policies that regulate them.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.


Inside The Bunker Where Soviets Kept Their Secret Stash Of Nukes 

During the Cold War, Hungary was one of the westernmost allies of the Soviet Union. As a member of the Warsaw Pact, Hungary had to station a significant number of Soviet troops and military equipment on its territory. Now we’ve gone inside one of their most classified bases, and taken pictures.


The New Cold War, And Australia's Role In It

Remember the Cold War? We basically spent half a century on the precipice of worldwide nuclear annihilation. Well, like it or not, the Cold War is back. In fact, it never really ended.


The Forgotten Plan To Save Great Art From World War 3

From a secret treasure trove below the memorial to Oliver Wendell Holmes in Washington DC to a retrofitted quarry in Wales, Europe — world governments have gone to great lengths to protect precious objects from ruin. A new trove of declassified documents shine light on a new, little-known project to do just that during the Cold War,


That Time The Canadian Navy Accidentally Bombed An American Town

Remember that time in the 1960s when the Canadians accidentally launched exploding shells into an American town? Few people do. It’s just one of those embarrassing Cold War flubs that both countries would rather forget.


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