nuclear weapons

We're Not Doing Enough To Protect The World's Nuclear Materials

President Obama and leaders from over 50 countries are meeting in the Hague this week to discuss nuclear security. The over-arching theme of the conference, unfortunately, is a troubling one. Put bluntly: We’re not doing enough to protect the world’s most dangerous materials.


This Is How They Load Nuclear Cruise Missiles On A B-52 Stratofortress

When I first saw this photo I immediately thought “what the hell is thing?” Then Attila Nagy told me about it: it’s a nuclear armed AGM-86B cruise missile. Three of them, in fact, being loaded on a B-52 Stratofortress.


What Cold War Nuclear Weapons Can Tell Us About Art Fraud

The identification of fakes and forgeries is a basic issue that has always raised controversy. This is unsurprising, of course — the enormous sums garnered by top paintings would turn to dust as soon as a question as to their authenticity arose.


How Nuclear Bombs Tell Us The Age Of Human Cells

When mushroom clouds exploded in the sky during Cold War-era nuclear bombs testing, they also created an unexpected boon for science. The nuclear explosions caused a massive uptick in Carbon-14 that eventually settled in all living tissue — everything from tree rings to elephant tusks to human brain cells.


10% Of US Electricity Comes From Old Russian Nuclear Warheads

This is basically the least worst thing that can happen with Russian nuclear bombs! For the past 20 years, the Russians have been turning 450 tonnes of uranium from decommissioned nuclear weapons into nuclear fuel for the United States. It’s called the Megatons to Megawatts program. The last shipment from that 1993 deal arrived at a US storage facility Tuesday, according to reporter Geoff Brumfiel of NPR’s Morning Edition.


Monster Machines: India's New Long-Range Missile Can Reach Beijing, Europe And Beyond

India and China are the epitome of frenemies. Their relationship isn’t outright antagonistic, as India’s is with neighbouring Pakistan, but has remained prickly since an ongoing border dispute over Tibet that began in the 1960s. Which is why it could be a bit disconcerting that India’s newest missile can reach Beijing — not to mention deep into Europe.


Inside The US Nuclear Stockpile's Top-Secret First Home

At first glance, this could be any huge, Cold War-era facility. The grey and green of poured concrete might remind you of a public school or a hospital. But this is no run-of-the-mill building. It’s the original home of the US’s nuclear arsenal, and it’s been top secret for over 60 years.


New Google Earth Hack Lets You Nuke Any City In Devastating 3D

A perverse fascination with nuclear fallout and blast radii isn’t that weird. Don’t you want to know how hard you and everything you know is going to disappear from the face of the Earth in the unlikely case that some maniac drops 20 kilotons of atomic death on your front door? Now you can see a simulation of the mushroom cloud that will claim your life — in three dimensions.


Monster Machines: This Nuke Detector Will Spot World-Ending Warheads

The US and USSR had more than 60,000 nuclear warheads pointed at each other at the height of the Cold War. While the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1970 and START in 1994 have shrunk that figure to around 26,000, nobody is really sure how many still exist — because nobody’s ever actually verified the number of warheads, just the delivery systems. But with a new zero-knowledge protocol, arms inspectors will soon know exactly what they’re dealing with.


US Air Force Is Considering A Sprawling Tunnel System For Nuclear Missiles

In an effort to upgrade its ageing nuclear weapons and accompanying silos, the US Air Force is exploring the possibility of chauffeuring its missiles around in a massive, underground network of tunnels. Driving Miss Daisy, meet the Apocalypse.