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70 Years After Hiroshima, Disarmament Is Still Vital

Joyce Olum Galaski | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics
Joyce Olum Galaski

A little over 70 years ago, Paul Olum stood with his colleagues in the desert near Alamogordo, NM. They had spent the last few years designing the first atomic bomb. Six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, World War II was over -- and Paul Olum became a lifelong advocate of nuclear arms control and disarmament.

The End of the World as We Knew It, And I Feel...

Rachel Bronson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Rachel Bronson

This week's historic agreement between the United States and Iran shows that diplomatic acumen combined with scientific prowess can still come together to help limit and delay the spread of nuclear weapons. Still, today's world remains exceedingly dangerous.

The Real Nuclear Threat

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

If war were only "itself" -- the violence and horror, the conflagration and death -- it would be bad enough, but it's also an abstraction, a specific language of self-justifying righteousness that allows proponents to contemplate unleashing it not merely in physical but in moral safety.

Report Identifies 'Weaknesses' At Nuclear Weapons Lab

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown ...

I'm With Stupid: Organic Cat Litter Could Destroy Mankind

Todd Hartley | Posted 08.13.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

If it seems like I'm overreacting a little bit, it's only because I know how serious the consequences of cat litter not soaking up toxic chemicals can be. I've smelled what can happen.

Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Chris Adams: The Cold War -- Then and Now?

Soul Dancer | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Soul Dancer

If history is our teacher, what have we learned regarding the cold war? According to Chris Adams, a published cold war historian, we've much to learn ...

Superman X-Ray Vision for the Masses?

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 08.25.2013 | Technology
Dr. Ali Binazir

If you could have just one of Superman's superpowers, what would it be? Most people would choose flight. After that, X-ray vision would probably be a ...

Sun Sets On Champion Supercomputer

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 03.31.2013 | Science

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It's the end of the line for Roadrunner, a first-of-its-kind collection of processors that once reigned as the world's fastest su...

Budget cuts might lead to consolidation of nuclear labs

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Douglas Birch March 27, 2013This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigati...

Beyond Tokenistic Inclusion: Science, Citizenship, and Changing the Questions

Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D.

The scientific community prides itself on free and open inquiry, and yet when it comes to raising questions about the social and political implications of our work, a peculiar form of self-censorship seems to be at work.

Chinese Tech Sparks Security Concerns At Major U.S. Nuclear Weapons Laboratory

Reuters | Steve Stecklow | Posted 03.08.2013 | World

By Steve Stecklow LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contain...

Groups Oppose Plan To Store Plutonium Atop Fault Zone

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico (AP) — Nuclear watchdogs are fighting a proposal to ship tons of plutonium to New Mexico, including the cores of nuclear warh...

Safety Board Calls Nuclear Lab's Earthquake Resistance Analysis 'Technically Inadequate'

Mia Steinle | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
Mia Steinle

An ongoing government analysis of an important nuclear weapons laboratory's ability to withstand earthquakes may be flawed, according to a federal oversight panel.

Los Alamos Underestimates Radiation Leak Risk

Mia Steinle | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Mia Steinle

One of the nation's main nuclear weapons labs has sharply underestimated the amount of radiation that could leak from the facility as a result of an earthquake, raising questions about the safety and reliability of Los Alamos.

Follow the Defense Dollars -- If You Can

Joe Newman | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

What happens when Congress does the public's business in secret? The well-connected corporate lobbyists, fundraisers and campaign contributors are the ones who benefit the most because of their insider access.

How the New Mexico Anti-Nuclear Campaign Achieved a Major Victory

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 04.23.2012 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

On February 17, as I was stepping out the door for an exhibition opening of my arctic photographs and to participate in an environmental panel at Ford...

Radioactive Waste To Be Removed From Los Alamos Lab

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 03.07.2012 | Green

POJOAQUE, N.M. (AP) — State environmental officials have reached an agreement with Los Alamos National Laboratory to expedite the cleanup of thousan...

Los Alamos Under Renewed Environmental Scrutiny

AP | By JERI CLAUSING | Posted 12.01.2011 | Green

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Pickup trucks believed present at the world's first nuclear bomb test, coke and whiskey bottles, a calendar and a toothbrush are j...

"Collaboration Within Competition" Is Key to American Technological Innovation

James M. Gentile | Posted 10.04.2011 | Technology
James M. Gentile

As Research Corporation for Science Advancement prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year (as America's oldest foundation dedicated wholly...

Nuclear Weapons Lab Reopens As Fire Danger Fades

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 09.06.2011 | Green

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Smoke still hung in the air from a northern New Mexico wildfire that came dangerously close to the nation's premier nuclear ...

New Mexico Fire Threatens Sacred Sites

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 09.02.2011 | Green

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — A smattering of summer rain gave a boost to firefighters battling a huge forest fire near Los Alamos, giving authorities enou...

The End Times

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The culture of moneyed interests, war and techno-diversion, which is global in scope, is killing us at the same time that its media apologists reassure us that everything is fine and under control.

Wildfire Advances On Famed Nuclear Lab

AP | By P. SOLOMON BANDA and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 08.28.2011 | Green

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor dr...

'Make Or Break' Day For Los Alamos Fire

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 08.28.2011 | Green

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico (AP) -- Fire managers say it's a "make or break day" Tuesday for ensuring flames from a wildfire don't race into a northern New...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Fire And Flood Stoke Fears At U.S. Nuclear Facilities, But Officials Say Radioactive Materials Are Safe | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 08.27.2011 | Green

With the specter of the devastating March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant still fresh ...