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Atoms For Peace

Nuclear Energy Programs Rarely Lead to Nuclear Weapons

Policy experts and heads of states have wrung their hands about the weaponization of nuclear energy programs for decades.
Daniel Oberhaus
polar bear watch

I Guarded an Arctic Base Against Polar Bears at the Frontline of the Apocalypse

The DEW Line was built in the fifties to warn of a nuclear threat. I guarded six workers there from polar bears.
Duncan Ferguson

Former US Airman Tells UN an Accidental Nuclear War Was Narrowly Avoided in 1962

A former US misileer told the UN about a close call that occurred during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Jordan Pearson

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

Vlogger Starts World War III (Sort Of)

The YouTuber behind the science channel Veritasium got to pretend to blow up the world at a decommissioned nuclear launch site in Arizona.
John Ambrosio

Programmable Bioweapons Could Be the Nuclear Bombs of Future Wars

“I’ll wipe out your ability for your gene line to advance.”
Jordan Pearson
Motherboard Blog

America's Nuclear Weapons Scientists Are Stressed and Sad

Maybe they can find other work in North Korea or Iran or something?
Jason Koebler
Motherboard Blog

Since Hiroshima, We've Built 125,000 More Nuclear Bombs

Many of those have been dismantled since we hit peak nuke in the Cold War—but not enough.
Brian Merchant
Motherboard Blog

The Ill-Conceived Manhattan Project National Park Is Not Going to Be Built

I think a lot of people wish the invention of the atomic bomb is something we could all take back. It's not necessarily a realistic thought -- there's always the argument that _someone_ would have eventually developed one -- but the AEC's insane...
Derek Mead
Motherboard Blog

The U.S. Dropped Nukes On Beer, and It Was a Good Idea Too

Is bottled beer nuclear bombproof? The United States government conducted a couple tests in the 1950s to find out—it exploded nuclear bombs with "packaged commercial beverages" deposited at varying distances from the blast center to see if beer and...
Brian Merchant
Motherboard Blog

The U.S. Once Dropped an Atomic Bomb on a South Carolina Town

In March 1958, an American B-47E bomber flying en route to Britain dropped its payload -- an _atomic bomb_ similar to the infamous Fat Boy -- on Florence, South Carolina. Yes, you read that right. Luckily, only six people were injured. No one died.
Derek Mead