Manhattan Project

One of the Last Remaining Manhattan Project Scientists Has Died

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

​This Haunting Survivor Artwork Depicts the Horror of Nuclear Weapons

These illustrations by atom bomb survivors are a chilling reminder of the visceral power of visual storytelling.
Meghan Neal

This Map Visualizes Every Nuclear Detonation on Earth

The visualization counts 2153 detonations to date.
Emiko Jozuka
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

Twilight of the Bomb

One of the last surviving Manhattan Project scientists returns to the crater of the first nuclear bomb on its 70th birthday.
Brian Merchant

Japan's Last A-Bomb Survivors Push to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

As the "Hibakusha"—survivors of atomic bombings—get older, they look to younger generations to carry on their legacy of activism.
Mari Shibata

70 Years On: Researchers Archive the Longest-Running Study of A-Bomb Survivors

In his 20s, US geneticist William Jack Schull joined a study to examine the effects of radiation on atomic bomb survivors. Now 93, he wants to share his experiences with the world.
Emiko Jozuka

Hiroshima Dreams: How a Cinema Legend Tackled Nuclear Terror

Akira Kurosawa uses the architecture of a dream to attempt to make sense of the terror that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs forced into the Japanese psyche.
DJ Pangburn
Motherboard Blog

A Brief Nod to the United States' Still-Terrifying Nuclear Weapons Arsenal

4,650 nuclear warheads, hot and ready.
Michael Byrne
Motherboard Blog

The Atomic Bomb Disaster Documentary the US Actually Wanted Us to See (and the One They Didn't)

On the eve of the 68th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a look back on 'A Tale of Two Cities', a textbook bit of American propaganda--and arguably the original disaster porn.
Brian Anderson
Motherboard Blog

The Documentary About Hiroshima and Nagasaki The U.S. Didn't Want Us to See

Immediately after two atomic bombs detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing tens of thousands of people in an instant and leaving many more to die, the Japanese started shooting. They weren't using bullets, but film, hoping to document the first...