cold war

warning signs

The Man Who Helped Design a 10,000-Year Nuclear Waste Site Marker

Astro-artist Jon Lomberg, a longtime friend and colleague of Carl Sagan, on protecting future humans from America’s atomic past.
Samuel Gilbert
4.26.18
sonic attack

Canada Is Pulling Diplomats’ Families From Cuba Over Mysterious ‘Acquired Brain Injury’

This follows concerns of “sonic attacks” against US and Canadian diplomats on Cuban soil.
Tracey Lindeman
4.17.18
nukes

Start The New Year With Newly Declassified Nuclear Test Footage

Decades-old films show the sheer power of nuclear warheads.
Samantha Cole
1.2.18
Outer Limits

Reclaimed Land

Inside Colorado's Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, a former Superfund site that embodies the painful past and uncertain future of nuclear cleanup in America.
Lauren Steele
10.28.17
hypersonic

Why the Piloted Flight Speed Record Hasn’t Been Broken in 50 Years

It all goes back to the history of the X-15 A-2, an unmistakable rocket-powered product of its moment.
Caroline Haskins
10.6.17
Manhattan Project

One of the Last Remaining Manhattan Project Scientists Has Died

And with him, perhaps, our nuclear sanity.
Brian Merchant
9.26.17
Tradecraft

James Bond Is Nothing Compared To These Relics From The Cold War’s Past

The Berlin Spy Museum is a walk through the history of espionage, from the old days of carrier pigeons to password code-cracking and of course, a James Bond-style laser maze.
Nadja Sayej
3.15.17
sun

How a Solar Storm Almost Caused World War III

Crisis averted.
Madison Margolin
1.18.17
Trump

Memo to Trump: We’re Already Updating the US Nuclear Arsenal

Recent rhetoric from the US President-elect was 'baseless and reckless,' and we already have more nukes than necessary.
Matthew Gault
12.23.16
Motherboard Guide to Cinema

‘On the Silver Globe’ Is the Best Sci-Fi Film Never Made

The story of how one of the most stunning sci-fi films ever made was (almost) swallowed by history.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.29.16
Denmark

Greenland Is Very Mad About the Toxic Waste the US Left Buried Under Its Ice

Climate change threatens to melt the ice and expose chemicals and radioactive material.
Kate Lunau
10.14.16
russia

A Nuclear-Powered US Military Ice Base Will Resurface as the Arctic Melts

Toxic pollutants, including radioactive coolant, are buried there.
Kate Lunau
8.5.16