With a top Senate Republican warning that US leadership is edging us toward World War III, it will bring no one comfort to learn South Korean authorities believe that hackers working for the government of North Korea managed to steal highly-classified documents that included wartime contingency plans that were drawn up in 2015.
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Infographic: North Korea have recently been testing their nuclear weapons. The US and their allies, like Australia, have said 'please stop this'. Nuclear weapons are all over the news again but they're power is so phenomenal it can be hard to wrap your head around. This infographic gives a really neat, comprehensive overview of nuclear weapons - how many exist, how they work and their effects.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula between North Korea and virtually every other country in the region continue to escalate in the wake of its possible detonation of a hydrogen bomb this weekend. Now the situation seems poised to escalate even further, with South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo investigating the possibility of having the US plant its nukes back on the demilitarised zone's doorstep.
Is the US on the brink of all-out nuclear war with North Korea? Experts say no, probably not. But according to a new technical analysis of North Korea's missile technology in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, even if it did come to that, the closest to the heartland Kim Jong Un can strike is Anchorage, Alaska.
If you were to take the collective nuclear anxiety of the world during the height of the Cold War and somehow transfigure that into cold, hard engineering, you'd probably end up with something like this: the supersonic, low-altitude missile known as 'The Flying Crowbar.'
North Korea says it has successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The country voted most likely to start WWIII says it can now strike targets anywhere in the world, but military experts believe the missile, which flew for 40 minutes, is a medium range weapon that presents no threat to the United States.
Bomb threats have been a part of American life since at least the 19th century. But in the 1970s the types of threats shifted dramatically. The people making bomb threats in the US started to claim their bombs had nuclear materials. By 1975, the US started a new task force to deal with the threats, and we at Gizmodo got our hands on a film that explains what this secret group of nuke-hunting police did.
President Trump has said that he wants a new nuclear arms race. And with more nuclear weapons in the world, there's bound to be an accident sooner or later. At least that's what the experts keep telling us. And when we inevitably descend into nuclear war, you don't want to be caught without the proper GIFs. But don't worry, Gizmodo has you covered.
According to reports, Russia has deployed a secret cruise missile system that violates a treaty between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Known as the SSC-X-8, the Obama administration previously warned Russia about developing the land-based system, but the country went ahead and built it anyway. Now that Trump is in office, there's speculation about what the new administration will do about it.
Remember the nuclear arms race of the 1980s? The United States and the Soviet Union both scrambled to acquire more weapons, increasing the likelihood that the entire world would be blown to bits. Well, Donald Trump thinks another one of those would be great.
Nuclear weapons are already scary enough, but when you dig deeper and find out how powerful the weapons truly are, they get even more terrifying. The weapons we've built after the first atomic bombs are so strong that you can basically use Hiroshima as a unit of measurement. The largest nuclear explosion in human history, the Tsar Bomba, detonated with a force of 50 megatons, or the power of 3333 Hiroshimas.