nukes

Is The Government Responsible For Sheltering You From Nukes?

“EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT SHELTERS” proclaimed Life magazine in its 12 January 1962 issue. Specifically, everybody was talking about nuclear fallout shelters, since both the United States and the Soviet Union had developed weapons which could unleash unimaginable destruction upon the Earth. The living might envy the dead if nuclear war broke out between the two superpowers, but where would the living live precisely?


Giz Explains: How Historians Are Using Nuclear Fallout To Find Fake Art

Today’s modern art forger is capable of producing fake works of art so perfect that even trained experts are unable to spot them. Even down to the most minute details of the pigments, binders and canvass, these fakes are almost better than the works they’re based on. But thanks to a byproduct of the Atomic age, the art world has a potent tool for finding forgeries.


Monster Machines: The Bomb Behind Britain's Worst Nuclear Disaster

In the aftermath of the Second World War, it quickly became evident to the British government that Americans had no intention of sharing their newly acquired nuclear weapons technology despite the UK’s assistance in the Manhattan Project. As such the British government set about building its own atomic arsenal which eventually led to the UK’s worst nuclear meltdown in history.


Monster Machines: How The US Invented Dirty Bombs To Stop The Soviet Advance In Europe

The thought of mutually assured destruction in the form of worldwide nuclear annihilation made leaders on both sides of the Iron Curtain squeamish. But, limited nuclear war, now there was a plan! Irradiating the Soviets just a little bit, you know, as a deterrent, was seen as the clearly superior option to outright ICBM volleys.


The US Air Force's Crazy Plan To Launch Nuclear ICBMs From A Cargo Plane

When you think ICBM, things get Freudian — a long, slender missile erupting from an underground silo or submarine bay, gliding upwards. You probably don’t consider a giant missile dumped from the back of a plane. The Air Force did.


Newt Gingrich Is Bizarrely Terrified Of Electromagnetic Pulses

Moon mining isn’t the only thing election and adultery enthusiast Newt Gingrich is worried about — the GOP candidate has repeatedly, publicly, manically claimed that America is on the verge of being hit with an EMP attack. This is crazy.


Taking Apart Nukes Is Probably A Stressful Job

I thought writing about gadgets was tough! Apparently I have nothing to worry about, and neither do you, unless you’re like Wesley Baptiste, who’s training to disarm old nuclear warheads for a living. Don’t drop that wrench.


Check If Your House Will Be Vaporised In A Nuclear War

Call me paranoid, but I spend nearly every waking moment contemplating whether or not I’d survive a massive nuclear strike. I mean, weirder stuff has happened, guys! Luckily we can now pinpoint our chances with the precision of Google Maps.


Did Iran Hack The UN's Nuclear Inspectors?

Iran says its nuclear program is just for keeping the lights on. The US (and others) say it’s for making country-annihilating weapons. To be sure, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s been keeping tabs—and say they’ve been digitally attacked.


A Meltdown May Be Under Way At Japan Nuclear Power Plant

An official with Japan’s nuclear and industrial safety agency told CNN that “a meltdown may be under way at one of Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear power reactors” (the plant that exploded). Earlier, it looked like things would be under control but the company began to experience difficulty cooling the reactor, even attempting to solve the issue by dumping seawater. [CNN]