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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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Russia’s New Missile Violates a Cold War Treaty But We’re Sure Trump Will Tell Putin What’s What

According to new 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. Read More >>

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Trump Just Called for a New Nuclear Arms Race and We’re All Going to Die

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. Read More >>

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The True Scale of Nuclear Bombs Is Terrifying

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. Read More >>

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North Korea May Have Just Tested its Biggest Nuke Yet

According to the US Geological Survey, a 5.3 magnitude “explosion” has been detected in North Korea near the country’s only known nuclear test site. North Korea has claimed to have tested nuclear weapons after similar seismic activity in recent years, but none as large as this event. Read More >>

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A Terrifying Interactive Map Visualises the Devastation of Nuclear Fallout

The destructive power of nuclear bombs has been seared into our collective memory, thanks to archival images of the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There’s the blast itself, and then all the radioactive fallout to contend with. A new interactive map shows what the damage from fallout would be if nuclear bombs were dropped on target cities today. Read More >>

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Trident to Receive Expensive (and Potentially Unnecessary) Software Update

It’s all been pretty quiet on the Trident front since that February rally, which saw a tie-less Jeremy Corbyn and other opposers take to the streets of London. However, it’s now emerged that the MoD plans to splash the cash to protect its 58 Trident II missiles from pesky hackers. Read More >>

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Is this Kim Jong-Un Hanging With North Korea’s Nuke?

The picture above is making the world outside North Korea very uncomfortable indeed. Though it could be a cross between the scary, spinning thing from the X-Files intro and the official Euro 2004 football, experts say the device in front of Kim Jong-un looks like a genuine compact nuclear warhead. 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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American Scientists Advised Guards to Shoot at Nukes if There Was a Security Breach

Back in late 2014 the Us National Security Archive published a historical documentary produced in 2010 that went largely unnoticed. The film explores the history of nuclear weapons safety. And if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s pretty frightening. 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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A Girl Wrote to JFK Asking if the Soviets Were Going to Nuke Santa Claus

In 1961 an eight-year-old girl from Michigan wrote to President John F Kennedy. She wanted to know if the Russians were going to bomb the North Pole. JFK responded with the letter below, assuring her that Santa would be just fine. 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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Russian TV ‘Accidentally’ Leaks Footage of a Terrifying Classified Nuclear Torpedo Design

During a meeting of military officials in Sochi, Russian TV crews captured footage of a document not intended for public consumption. The supposedly “secret data,” which was subsequently shown on Russian television, revealed details of a “nuclear torpedo” designed to inflict “assured unacceptable damage” to enemy coastal installations. Read More >>