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Cold War Nuclear Explosions Freakishly Impacted Space Weather

The overdrawn game of nuclear chicken between the USSR and the United States—now known as the Cold War—lasted about 45 years. While neither superpower ever deployed nukes on each others’ soil, high-altitude bomb testing caused a kerfuffle in Earth’s atmosphere. Though the conflict has (thankfully) long since ended, newly declassified information suggests it might have impacted space weather in ways we never anticipated. Read More >>

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Stanley Kubrick Almost Moved to Australia Before Dr. Strangelove Because He Was Worried About Nukes

Perth, Australia is the most remote major city on the planet. Which is apparently why it appealed to legendary director Stanley Kubrick. New research reveals that Kubrick was so concerned with the possibility of nuclear war that he actually planned to move to Perth in 1962. Read More >>

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9 Nuclear Explosion GIFs That Will Come in Handy During the Trump Era

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 got you covered. Read More >>

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Rare Nuclear Test Films Saved, Declassified, and Uploaded to YouTube

From 1945 until 1962, the United States conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests — the kind with the big mushroom cloud and all that jazz. Above-ground nuke testing was banned in 1963, but there are thousands of films from those tests that have just been rotting in secret vaults around the country. But starting today you can see many of them on YouTube. Read More >>

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Kim Jong-un Readies Nuclear Weapons for Pre-Emptive Strike

North Korean nutter demigod Kim Jong-un has reacted to the UN’s tough stance on nuclear by preparing for all-out nuclear war. He’s reportedly ordered North Korea's nuclear arsenal to be ready for pre-emptive use ‘anytime’, and though nobody outside of the country is entirely sure what sort of weaponry North Korea has at its disposal, everyone’s terrified of the unhinged, gerbil-faced leader and therefore taking his threats very seriously indeed. Read More >>

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This Little Red Trigger Holds All the Nuclear Power of Trident

They just had to make it red, didn’t they? At least it’s not a comically-large button, I suppose. Lieutenant Commander Woods is the man who’ll be responsible for unleashing total devastation -- if the Trident nuclear deterrent system ever had to be put to use that is -- and he’ll do it with a squeeze of a trigger. Read More >>

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North Korea Terrifies the World With Successful Thermonuclear Bomb Test Claims

North Korea this morning announced that it had conducted a successful Hydrogen bomb test, which is set to trigger global repercussions. Though the claims are as yet unconfirmed, a blast -- earlier believed to have been a 5.1 magnitude earthquake -- was registered near the North Korean city of Sungjibaegam earlier today. Read More >>

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There are Still 4,000 Cold War Nuclear Test Films That Remain Classified

Sarah Zhang has a fascinating post over at Wired about the systematic study of Cold War-era nuclear test films that’s currently being undertaken by nuclear physicist Gregg Spriggs. One of the most interesting elements to the story is the fact that of the 7,000 films discovered so far, 4,000 are still classified. Read More >>

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Even a Small Nuclear Showdown Would Mean Worldwide Disaster

In these decades after the Cold War, "nuclear winter" is an idea that can feel as remote as science fiction. But using state-of-the-art climate models, scientists have calculated exactly what nuclear winter will look like after even a small, regional conflict. Boy is it bad. Read More >>

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This Cold War Test Bed Irradiated Satellites Before the Soviets Could

How do you ensure that fancy new military satellite is tough enough to withstand an orbital EMP attack by the Soviets? By shooting it with your own nuclear bomb using this massive, movable test chamber, obviously. Read More >>

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New Google Earth Hack Lets You Nuke Any City in Devastating 3D

A perverse fascination with nuclear fallout and blast radii isn't that weird. Don't you want to know how hard you and everything you know is going to obliterated from the face of the Earth in the unlikely case that some maniac drops twenty kilotonnes of atomic death on your front door? Now you can see a simulation of the mushroom cloud that will claim your life — in three dimensions. Read More >>