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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 >>

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One Reason the US Isn’t Destroying all Nukes: Killer Asteroids

Among the few apocalypses worse than nuclear annihilation, asteroid impact has got to be near the top of the list — at least if Hollywood's depictions are any indication. The American public, and world at large, has at least one agency defending it against errant space rocks: the exact same agency that's supposed to be stopping thermonuclear war in the first place. Read More >>

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How Historians are Using Nuclear Fallout to Find Fake Art

Today's modern art forger is capable of producing fake works of art so perfect that even trained experts are unable to spot them. Even down to the most minute details of the pigments, binders, and canvas, these fakes are almost better than the works they're based on. But thanks to a byproduct of the Atomic age, the art world has a potent tool for finding forgeries. Read More >>

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America’s Tactical Nukes are Worth Twice Their Weight in Gold

The GBU-57A-B is by far America's biggest bunker, but it's not actually their most powerful one. That acclaim goes to the deep diving, hard hitting, supersonic B-61 tactical nuclear bomb. And they're about to spend more than £6.5 billion to ensure they stay on the front lines through the middle of the next decade. Read More >>

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Orange Herald: The Bomb Behind Britain’s Worst Nuclear Disaster

Soon after the Second World War, it became evident to the UK that the US had no intention of sharing their newly acquired nuclear weapons technology despite the UK's assistance in the Manhattan Project. As such the British government set about building its own atomic arsenal; leading to the worst nuclear meltdown in UK history. Read More >>

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How the US Invented Dirty Bombs to Stop the Soviet Advance in Europe

The thought of mutually assured destruction in the form of worldwide nuclear annihilation made leaders on both sides of the Iron Curtain squeamish. But, limited nuclear war, now there was a plan! Irradiating the Soviets just a little bit, you know, as a deterrent, was seen as the clearly superior option to outright ICBM volleys. 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 >>

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How Fallout from Nuke Tests Just Proved that Brain Cells Regenerate

Before the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963 barred all aboveground, subsea, and orbital nuclear weapons testing, the world's nations were popping off nukes like champagne bottles on New Years. Surprisingly, that sprinkling of high-energy particles was actually quite beneficial, to science at least, as it's just helped solve a longstanding dispute in human physiology—can the brain regrow neurons? Short answer: sorta. Read More >>