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How America’s Secret Nuke Police Hunted For Dirty Bombs in the 1970s

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. Read More >>

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The Nuclear Security Administration Lost a Film Titled ‘Skull Melting Demonstration’

Back in August, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a bunch of films held by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We looked at one yesterday from 1976 about nuclear extortion, and we’ll explore the others in the coming weeks. But there was one that I requested that the NNSA can’t seem to find. The title? “Skull Melting Demonstration.” Read More >>

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One Reason the US Isn’t Destroying all Nukes: Killer Asteroids

Among the few apocalypses worse than nuclear annihilation, asteroid impact has got to be near the top of the list — at least if Hollywood's depictions are any indication. The American public, and world at large, has at least one agency defending it against errant space rocks: the exact same agency that's supposed to be stopping thermonuclear war in the first place. Read More >>