Scientists Have No Idea Why This Enriched Uranium Particle Was Floating Above Alaska

On August 3, 2016, seven kilometres above Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, a research plane captured something mysterious: an atmospheric aerosol particle enriched with the kind of uranium used in nuclear fuel and bombs. Read More >>

North Korean and Iranian Athletes at the Olympics Won’t Get Their Free Samsung Galaxy Note 8s

The Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games is handing out special “Olympic edition” Galaxy Note 8 smartphones to competitors this year, but athletes from North Korea and Iran won’t receive them thanks to United Nations sanctions on both countries, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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After Disastrous Hawaii Incident, Senators Propose Ending States’ Power to Send Missile Alerts

In mid-January, the Hawaiian state Emergency Management Agency sent out an erroneous text to all cell phones in the state warning of a “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” sending many residents into an hour-long panic as they ran for cover from what they feared was a North Korean nuclear bomb. Though it first appeared that bad design in the EMA computer system which sent out the alert was to blame, federal investigators later said the alert was intentionally sent by a now-fired employee who mistook an ongoing drill for a real attack. Read More >>

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Employee Who Triggered Bogus Missile Alert in Hawaii Has Been Fired

The unnamed state government employee who caused a panic after sending out an alert that missiles were about to strike Hawaii has been fired. Three more staff, including the head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, have also resigned, but the case of the Missile That Wasn’t There still leaves people with plenty of questions. Read More >>

Japanese Broadcaster Mistakenly Warns App Users of North Korean Missile Attack

On Tuesday, people in Japan with national broadcaster NHK’s app installed on their phones were sent an alert urging them to take cover after a likely missile launch by North Korea. “NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: evacuate inside the building or underground,” the notification read, according to CNN. It was a false alarm. Read More >>

Hawaii Alert System Accidentally Warns of Imminent ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT’

On Saturday, smartphones in Hawaii lit up with the ominous warning, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAD INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” A minor panic almost immediately ensued as the public wondered whether a nuclear warhead was indeed about to obliterate part of the U.S. Read More >>

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North Korea Reopens Phone Line With South Korea, and the Phones Sure Are Weird

Just in case you had trouble sleeping after Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump traded threats about each ruler’s “nuclear button,” the North Korean supreme leader also said something uncharacteristically optimistic in his New Year’s Day speech. Kim expressed hope for a “peaceful resolution” to the half-century-old conflict with South Korea and said that talks should start “as soon as possible.” Accordingly, he also ordered a long dormant phone line between North and South Korea to be reopened. The first call between the warring nations took place on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Kim Jong Un Claims to Have Literal Nuclear Button ‘Always on the Desk of My Office’

North Korea has one-upped President Donald Trump’s infamous diet Coke button—the one he uses to ensure he gets his reported 12 cans a day—by providing Kim Jong Un with a similar button that can launch nukes at anywhere in the US on his desk. Read More >>

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Living in North Korea, It Seems, May Be Bad for Your Health

At least four defectors from North Korea’s Kilju County, the location of the pariah government’s notorious Punggye-ri nuclear test site, have tested positive for symptoms of radiation exposure, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

North Korea Is Main Suspect in Ruinous Hack of South Korean Bitcoin Exchange

World War III is going to be dumb. It only seems fitting that Bitcoin could get thrown into the mix of dumb reasons why it might get started. When South Korean cryptocurrency exchange YouBit was looted by hackers this week it seemed to be inevitable that North Korea would be at fault, and investigators believe that’s exactly what happened. Read More >>

North Korean Hackers Want in on the Bitcoin Boom Too

By this stage I bet even your computer-phobic relatives, who only get their news from the local paper, have heard of Bitcoin. The value of a single coin has just passed $19,000, with people even going so far as to remortgage their homes to get in on the crypto currency's sudden surge in popularity. Even North Korea wants in, though as usual it's not playing by the rules. Read More >>

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North Korean Defectors Say Radiation Is Leaking From Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

North Korea’s infamous nuclear test site, a facility in Punggye-ri in Kilju County, has long been reported to maintain the standards one might expect for a pariah government low on everything but zeal and weaponry. Outsiders can only get a limited picture of the country, let alone the test site, thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world. But concerns have included tunnel collapses at the facility and the possibility Mount Mantap, where it is located, could implode under stress from repeated nuclear tests and release large amounts of radiation. Read More >>

A Ghost Ship Carrying 8 ‘Skeletonised’ Bodies Washed Up in Japan—and It’s Not the First Time

A battered wooden fishing vessel containing eight partially skeletonised bodies washed ashore in northern Japan over the weekend. Disturbingly, it’s just the latest in a string of similar “ghost ships” that seem to be coming from North Korea. Read More >>

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North Korea Bans Fun

Life in North Korea must be pretty bleak, provided you're not one of the rich people that'd been cozying up to the Kim family for the past 50-60 years. Now it's probably going to get worse, because King Bowl Cut has reportedly banned some of the fun things in life, including drinking, singing, and mother's day celebrations of all things. Read More >>

Guy in Charge of All the US Nukes: Relax, I’m Not Gonna Let Trump Nuke Just Anything

The U.S. military’s stockpile of nuclear weapons is one of the most existentially terrifying arsenals ever assembled, and a conflict involving the detonation of even small percentage of those weapons could potentially destabilise the entire world. With a commander-in-chief who has shown a fairly incredible misunderstanding of how nuclear strategy works as well as a hair-trigger temper, it’s not surprising that some people are slightly concerned about a possible catastrophe. Read More >>