This Is What Would Happen if Terrorists Detonated a Nuke in Washington DC

Computer run simulations are helping researchers prepare for the worst.
Matthew Gault
Nuclear Weapons

Scientists Tell Us What Would Happen If North Korea Detonated a Hydrogen Bomb Underwater

North Korea’s underwater nuclear test seems more and more likely—but what happens after the bomb goes off?
Caroline Haskins
War Is Boring

The 'Mother of All Bombs' the US Dropped on Afghanistan Is Nasty, But Mostly for Show

It's unclear how much damage the bomb caused to its intended target—an ISIS tunnel complex—but it may not matter.
David Axe
Radio Motherboard

Meet One of the Youngest, Last Surviving Manhattan Project Scientists

Murray Peshkin is one of the last surviving Manhattan Project scientists. This is his story, told after our trip to the crater of the first atomic bomb, on its 70th birthday.
Brian Merchant
Motherboard Blog

Israeli Meme-Makers Mock Netanyahu's Cartoon Bomb

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu gave a sternly-worded speech to the U.N. General Assembly. It was notable not for the ‘watch out or Iran and Muslims will kill us all’ boilerplate, but for the prop Netanyahu pulled out halfway...
Brian Merchant
Motherboard Blog

Bomb Squads Aren't For the Faint Hearted

I know it's scary to get into this at the moment, but as authorities are about to check Paris Avenue's 1600 block for Dark Knight Shooter, James Holmes' booby traps, it's got my memories and historic intrigue in full flow. Despite recalling the time I...
Daniel Stuckey
Motherboard Blog

Guess What the Secret Password Was to America's Cold War Nuclear Missile System

No foolin': The secret access code to the computer controls of the U.S. nuclear-tipped missile arsenal between 1968 and 1976: "00000000":
Michael Byrne