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Beach Sands Near Hiroshima Are Still Packed With 1945 Nuclear Fallout Debris

Unusual and abundant glassy spheres found packed within the beach sands near the Japanese city of Hiroshima are remnants of the 1945 atomic bomb explosion, according to new research. Read More >>

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Report: Saudi Arabia Making Brisk Progress on Experimental Nuclear Reactor

A small, experimental nuclear reactor being constructed by Argentina’s state-backed nuclear company INVAP at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh has spurred renewed concerns about Saudi leadership’s intentions for the program, CNN reported on Sunday, even as its development zips along at a brisk pace. Read More >>

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Kids of the 1980s Imagined the Year 2020 With Robot Butlers, Bubble-top Cities, and Nuclear War

Earlier this month we looked at predictions from kids at the turn of the 20th century. But what about more recently? Say, from the 1980s? Well, you’re in luck, because today we have predictions about the future from kids in 1984. And some of them are as dark and terrifying as you might guess for kids who were experiencing ever-present anxiety about the Cold War. Read More >>

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North Korea Brags About New ‘Ultramodern’ Weapons Test

North Korean state media announced recently that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, recently oversaw tests of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon.” The new report is extremely light on details, but it’s a reminder that very little has actually changed in the US-North Korea relationship since President Donald Trump took power. Both countries have nuclear weapons and both are on a hair trigger as they develop new capabilities. Read More >>

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North Korea Pledges to Dismantle One Nuclear Site If US Takes ‘Corresponding Measures’

North Korea pledged to shut down one of its nuclear test sites in a meeting today between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. What does the North want in return? “Corresponding measures” from the United States. Unfortunately, we don’t know what that means yet. Read More >>

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Meet the Nuclear Weapons Nerds

John Coster Mullen was driving his lorry to a warehouse in the US state of Wisconsin when he told me that he owns uranium. He’d been talking on the phone for about hour, and I hadn’t been able to ask a single question about the project that has consumed a quarter century of his lifethe reverse-engineering of America’s first nuclear bomb. I was too engrossed to interrupt. The news of uranium, though, made me stutter. Read More >>

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How Many Nukes Would it Take to Send The Earth Spiralling Off Into The Sun?

The modern age has brought one of the most nightmarish inventions in all of human history—the atomic bomb. These weapons harness the power of physics, releasing an immense amount of energy from a relatively small amount of mass to generate unfathomable fire, disease, and death. They have the power to end the world as we know it. Read More >>

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It Was Shockingly Easy for Someone to Steal US Government Plutonium From a Hotel Car Park

A small amount of plutonium and radioactive caesium went missing last year after two US government security experts left the dangerous samples sitting in their SUV in a Marriott Hotel car park overnight. Read More >>

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South Korea Stops Blaring High-Decibel K-Pop Propaganda at North Korea Border

The southern border of North Korea just got way less cheerful—or obnoxious. That’s because the South Korea military has turned off its dozens of giant speakers aimed at the totalitarian state. Until this morning, the speakers had been blasting K-pop and uplifting news that is censored in North Korea. Read More >>

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Blow Up Your House With the Prettiest Nuclear Bomb Simulator 

What would happen if a nuclear weapon fell in your back garden? You and everything around you would be destroyed, of course. But how many casualties would there be in the surrounding area? And what would it look like if it was a North Korean nuke versus a Russian nuke? Read More >>

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Common Bricks May Record Evidence of Nuclear Weapons

Researchers have long studied retrospective dosimetry—looking at what kind of radiation was present in a room based on the signature left over in the environment. Frequently, this requires lots of treatment and work. One team of researchers at North Carolina State University thinks they have a simple way to detect the leftover radiation simply by taking a core of material out of a brick. Something like this could be important for things like nuclear weapons inspections. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Russian Engineers Arrested for Using Nuclear Weapons Facility to Mine Cryptocurrency

Russian authorities say they have arrested several engineers employed at the the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics in Sarov, a top secret nuclear weapons facility, because they were involved in a cryptocurrency-mining scheme at work. Read More >>

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Did Design Really Cause Hawaii’s ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT’ False Alarm?

When Hawaii accidentally terrified residents earlier this month with a push notification about an imminent “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT,” the Internet seemed to cry out in unison: Okay, who pushed the wrong button? Read More >>

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India’s Education Minister Slammed After Claiming That Evolution Is ‘Scientifically Wrong’

India’s Minister of State for Human Resource Development—a position that oversees university education—wants the theory of evolution to be removed from school curricula. Needless to say, this stance isn’t going over very well with the country’s scientists, many of whom are asking the junior minister to retract his comments. Read More >>