The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced today that the Doomsday Clock, which represents our proximity to an apocalyptic event, will remain at three minutes to midnight. But that’s still terrifying.
The National Security Archive has published what is said to be the most comprehensive and detailed list of nuclear weapons targets and applied weapons strategy that has ever been declassified. The report includes details plans for purposefully targeting civilian populations and military infrastructure for the…
Two spacecraft drifted closer to one another far above planet Earth, as they prepared to dock. It was July 17th, 1975, and they were about to make history. For the first time, a United States Apollo and Soviet Union Soyuz spacecraft would dock with one another, an enormously symbolic mission that served as a small…
In 1984, 24-year-old Petra Pazsitka was living in Braunschweig, Germany, studying computer science—until the day she was reported as missing after failing to return from the dentist. At one point, the main suspect in an unrelated rape and murder confessed to killing her, but later recanted.
At the height of the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union had thousands of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles trained on one another. In this video, we get a tour of a Titan missile silo, and learn exactly what would happen when the order came down to launch an attack. http://io9.com/watch-lord-kel...
The physicists who invented the nuclear bomb worked out of Los Alamos in New Mexico, but the people who did the dirty work of making the bombs were in Hanford, Washington. Throughout the Cold War, Hanford churned out plutonium for our nuclear arsenal. It was also, conveniently, a place to experiment with radiation.
Buckminster Fuller was a world-renowned architect, math-obsessed designer, and affable weirdo. He died in 1983, but Fuller is still remembered fondly today for his geodesic domes and his three-wheeled cars. Despite extensive historical interest in the man, his FBI file has never been made public. Until now.
On March 18, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped outside the thin metal shell of Voskhod-2 to float in the harsh void of space. For 12 minutes and 9 seconds, Leonov opened the doors on an entire new branch of exploration as the first spacewalker. It was nearly a disaster.
Americans were obsessed with spy culture during the Cold War. I mean, who didn't love James Bond? Communists, that's who. The gosh darn Communits. Spying seeped into every aspect of pop culture in the 1960s and 70s—from TV and movies to comic books and even board games.
Agent Carter is here and damn if she doesn't hit the ground running (in pumps no less). It's all style and substance - and a helluvalotta Marvel references to boot! Let's unpack the first SSR case file and see how SHIELD's prequel miniseries ties to She-Hulk, Iron Man and the rest of the Marvel U!
After his father dies, Edward races to his childhood home to uncover a secret that has been weighing on his heart for decades: What landed in his family farm in 1960 and how did his father's reaction to it alter history?
On October 27, 1962, the captain of a Soviet submarine ordered a torpedo with a ten-kiloton nuclear warhead to be launched at a U.S. aircraft carrier. One man's decision prevented that order from being carried out—and his story is a cautionary tale about what could still happen in today's world.
A new report suggests the U.S. government used at least 1,000 Nazis as spies and informants during the Cold War. Amongst these "compromised men" was a top advisor to Hitler and another presumed guilty of "minor war crimes."
Kissinger Smash! A new book reveals the former secretary of state Hulked out after Cuba sent troops to Angola in 1975. The "apoplectic" Kissinger told President Ford, "I think we are going to have to smash Castro," and drafted secret plans to launch airstrikes. The plans were shelved after Carter won the 1976 election.
In 1950, Cold War tensions ran high and government officials were terrified that Soviets would invade Alaska. Recently-declassified documents reveal the details of "Operation Washtub"—a joint FBI-Air Force plan to recruit Alaskans as "stay-behind" agents to gather military intelligence.
The real-life missile silo setting really helps make this short film something special. A nuclear engineer lets his art hobby get in the way of his job—but when something goes awry, it may just save him.
To prepare citizens for an atomic bomb disaster, the Soviet government prepared these helpful (but creepy) graphic posters and books. They explain everything from blast shielding and radiation wound care, to how to stand in a calm, single-file line as your city is being vaporized.
During a secret Cold War spying mission in 1947, a B-29 Superfortress made an emergency landing in northwest Greenland. It lay there undisturbed until 1994 when a botched mission to repair and return it failed. NASA recently caught a glimpse of its charred remains.
The Revolution never dies, comrades — especially when we've painted its leaders on massive billboards that loom over your cities and towns. Here are some of the world's most imposing portraits of Communism's most famous instigators.
It looks like the remains of some futuristic cult. This slowly-eroding cement pyramid in Nekoma, North Dakota is all that's left of a $6 billion nuclear launch facility created as part of the Safeguard Program.