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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 >>

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Report: South Korea May Ask US to Re-Deploy its Nuclear Weapons

Tensions on the Korean peninsula between North Korea and virtually every other country in the region continue to escalate in the wake of its possible detonation of a hydrogen bomb this weekend. Now the situation seems poised to escalate even further, with South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo investigating the possibility of having the US plant its nukes back on the demilitarised zone’s doorstep. Read More >>

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Study: North Korea’s Missiles Built For Show, Can’t Hit US Mainland Yet

Is America on the brink of all-out nuclear war with North Korea? Experts say no, probably not. But according to a new technical analysis of North Korea’s missile technology in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, even if it did come to that, the closest to the US heartland Kim Jong Un can strike is Anchorage, Alaska. Read More >>

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North Korea’s Powerful New Missile Tech May Have Been Smuggled From Ukraine

In the last few months, North Korea’s ability to launch a warhead beyond its backyard has improved exponentially. Its rapid development of intercontinental ballistic missile tech has left many confused. Now a researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies claims he might have solved the mystery. North Korea may have received its new souped up ICBM tech from a factory in the Ukraine, and it probably did so very illegally. Read More >>

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‘Limited’ Nuclear Strikes Could Still Wreak Climate Havoc

With the Cold War a fading memory, some nuclear powers have adopted strategies allowing for limited nuclear strikes. But a disturbing new study shows that even small batches of nukes can have disastrous environmental consequences on a global scale. 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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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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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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How Close Do You Live to a Nuclear Bomb?

Hooray. If you live south of the Equator or in any of the countries that light up green in the map above, you’re good. Keep on living there because you don’t squat next to any nuclear weapons. But if you’re in the countries painted red — like the United States, Germany, Russia, China, India, etc. — you might live closer to a nuclear bomb than you think. Read More >>

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‘Lost Nuke’ May Have Been Found Off Canada Coast

A commercial diver working near Haida Gwaii off Canada’s west coast has spotted a strange object on the seafloor that bears a striking resemblance to a nuclear device lost from a US B-36 bomber that crashed in the area 66 years ago. The Canadian government is sending naval ships to investigate. 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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Russian Scientists Plan Nuclear Asteroid Cleanup, Just in Case

Russian scientists have decided that the threat of being wiped out by an asteroid strike is real enough to start taking affirmative action, with a research team suggesting we start nuking the things before they can smash into a variety of famous US landmarks. 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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Why the LGM-135A Midgetman Was America’s Shortest-Lived Mobile Nuke

The plan was simple: mount a nuclear ICBM atop a truck, then spread a bunch of them (and hundreds of decoys) out along Nevada and Utah to create a fully-mobile counterpoint to any Soviet first strike. So why did America's Midgetman program never get off the ground? Read More >>

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What Would Happen if the 20 Biggest US Cities Were Wiped Out With Nukes

Wiping out an American city, much less the largest ones, requires either blast yields well beyond the capability of any terrorist organisation, or numbers of nuclear weapons that would make the terrorist organisation one of the largest nuclear powers on the planet. This is particularly true of major US cities such as Atlanta, Houston, and LA, which are defined by their suburban sprawl. Read More >>