The destructive power of nuclear bombs has been seared into our collective memory, thanks to archival images of the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There’s the blast itself, and then all the radioactive fallout to contend with. A new interactive map shows what the damage from fallout would be if nuclear bombs…
Oxford’s Global Priorities Project has compiled a list of catastrophes—both natural and self-inflicted—that could kill off 10 percent or more of the human population. It’s a real buzzkill of a report and it says that any of these catastrophes could happen within the next five years.
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.
During a meeting of military officials in Sochi, Russian TV crews captured footage of a document not intended for public consumption. The supposedly “secret data,” which was subsequently shown on Russian television, revealed details of a “nuclear torpedo” designed to inflict “assured unacceptable damage” to enemy…
Metal Gear Solid is an obsession for millions of gamers, with its totally insane science-fiction storytelling. But at its heart, the series has always been about celebrating and questioning the power of technology. The story of Solid Snake, Raiden, and Snake’s evil dad Big Boss (it’s... a long story) isn’t just…
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.
It’s impossible to forget just how immense the destructive power of a nuclear weapon is, but there is nothing quite like watching an explosion to hit that point home. These videos capture the test detonations of various nuclear weapons, letting us witness the immediate effects safely behind our computer screens.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the big hand of its "Doomsday Clock" to three minutes to midnight, i.e. the end of the world, citing the apocalyptic threat of global warming and nuclear proliferation.
Recently declassified documents obtained by the National Security Archive reveal that the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations were considering military action to prevent or delay China from building nuclear weapons — even if that meant working with Moscow to stage an accidental bombing.
America's nukes are in a shocking state of neglect. A recent Pentagon review found outdated equipment, weak leadership, and abysmal morale among the people responsible for maintaining and launching these massively destructive weapons. Billions of dollars will be required over the next five years to ensure its security…
In a recent interview, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said, "It would be difficult for us to prevent a nuclear domino from occurring in this area," were North Korea to conduct another test. But one analyst argues that if a nuclear arms race were to occur, it's China that should be singled out for blame.
When you're a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. And if you have several thousand nuclear warheads just lying around, it seems a shame not to put them to good use. Here are ten of the most bizarre proposals for nuclear bomb use over the decades.
CalTech astronomer Fritz Zwicky was the first to conceive of dark matter, supernovas and neutron stars. He also had a theory about colonizing the solar system using nuclear bombs. We could terraform other planets, he argued, by pulverizing them and then moving them closer or further from the sun.
The White House has released figures on the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal: Our stockpile consists of 4,804 warheads. The good news, according to the State Department, is that this number "represents an 85% reduction." The bad news: That's the total reduction since 1967. The last four years tell a different story.
The Air Force is simplifying how it grades nuclear-missile officers who are authorized to key in launch codes. The service has "made the monthly [certification] test pass-fail," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced, though he declined to say what percentage of correct answers would be needed to pass.
A recently published report outlines the Air Force's future plans for its fleet of drones, including whether they would ever be used to carry out a nuclear strike.
Presenting an all-new horror movie: Nuclear Reactors on a Plane! In the 1950s, when nuclear power was still full of promise and wonder, there were plans to make a nuclear-powered aircraft.
This 11-minute video takes us from the preparations of the Fat Man nuclear weapon, its loading onto the plane Bockscar, and the explosion of the bomb in Nagasaki. It's a sobering look at this catastrophically destructive technology and a reminder of the toll it took in human lives.
We know that red mercury makes the manufacturing of nuclear bombs much, much easier. We don't exactly know how it manages to do this, but that's only because red mercury, as far as we know, doesn't exist.
Why don't we nuke hurricanes? Apparently the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration gets asked this question often enough that it has produced an official response, explaining in no uncertain terms why launching a nuclear missile into the eye of a storm "would not be an effective hurricane modification…