nuclear weapons

Less Than 2 Per Cent Of The Hiroshima Bomb's Uranium Actually Detonated

Little Boy, the nuclear bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, leveled a two-mile radius of the city, killing an estimated 80,000 people. It was an enormous amount of destruction — and it was caused by less than two per cent of the uranium carried by the bomb.


How To Hide A Nuclear Missile

After its Cuban Missile Crisis experience, Kremlin leaders wanted to ensure the USSR would never again be outgunned: one might call it ‘Cuban Missile Syndrome’. The result were new missile systems, including schemes to cache nuclear warheads in the deep ocean and outer space. But before the strange logic of nuclear warfare could move off-world — and partially because the very effort placed too much strain on its economy — the Soviet Union collapsed. What follows is a history of these imagined futures of Cold War annihilation.


John Oliver Reminds The US How Badly It Takes Care Of Its Nukes

If you’ve been paying attention since, well, since the Cold War started, you know that the United States has an insanely huge number of nuclear weapons. And if you’ve been paying even closer attention, you’ll know that the military is not very good at keeping track of them. In fact, it’s laughably bad at it.


Dragons In Game Of Thrones Are Like Nuclear Weapons In The Real World

Because we all need a good dose of geopolitics in between sword fights, White Walkers and boobs, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has a thorough analysis of all the ways dragons are just like nuclear weapons. It’s actually a stunningly obvious comparison once you get down to it.


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.


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