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Manhattan Project

Collective Intelligence for Mega Problem Solving

Larry Kilham | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Larry Kilham

For scientists, the internet is now a communal research group. This learning and group communication mode is becoming known as "collective intelligence" and "crowd-sourced innovation."

This Is When The World's Nations Got Their Nuclear Weapons

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.01.2015 | World

While only used in conflict twice, the devastating effect of nuclear weapons is clear enough to have changed the course of history and redefined how s...

We Need a Manhattan Project for Cyber Security

XPRIZE | Posted 04.25.2015 | Technology
XPRIZE

Computers run the world--our airports, airplanes, cars, hospitals, stock markets and power grids--and these computers too are shockingly vulnerable to attack. Though we're racing forward at breakneck speed to connect all the objects in our physical world  to the Internet, we still fundamentally do not have the trustworthy computing required to make it so.

Our Most Wasted Resource: Our Capacity for Good

Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min.

If we are to reverse the trend of violence and environmental destruction on our planet, we need many, many more such people. It's time for a Manhattan Project focused on our most wasted resource: our capacity for good.

National Medalists

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.14.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Yvonne C. Brill received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in October 2011 "for innovation in rocket propulsion systems for geosynchronous." Other women have received these medals, also for groundbreaking accomplishments.

Two Crises Cry Out for a 'Manhattan Project': Climate Change and Ebola

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Bernard Starr

The U.S. did not apply the knee-jerk capitalistic model of mobilizing competition. Had we succumbed to that model, the government might have offered grants and other incentives to encourage individual scientists, universities, private and publicly held companies to compete in a race to develop the bomb -- with benefits to the winner.

Beloved Physicist's Lectures Now Available For Free

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Science

From his work on the Manhattan Project to the key role he played in explaining the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Richard Feynman (1918-1988) is k...

Road Trip to the "Secret City": Atomic History in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.28.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Raina Regan, Community Preservation Specialist, Indiana Landmarks Aerial view of the plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee Science, secrecy, and...

The Atomic Bomb, Then And Now

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

During this time of commemoration of man's inhumanity, visited upon the people of Japan three generations ago, let us resolve that we shall demand leaders who will resist the impulse to solve political and security problems through weapons of mass destruction.

The Story That Won't Go Away: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

A wave of new books and shows has washed into the summer of 2014, all built around the theme of the greatest secret of World War II: the making of the atomic bomb.

First Nighter: Musicals "Atomic," "The Mapmaker's Opera," "ValueVille"

David Finkle | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Atomic, at the Acorn, is the show that asks the musical question: Once the A-bomb was realized, was it wise to use it? Coming up with an answer requi...

Hiroshima Visit Brings Feelings of Guilt to American Born in Japan

James M. Clash | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
James M. Clash

I felt slightly nauseated and, being the only American there, tremendously self-conscious. But the Japanese smiled, were incredibly polite as is their nature. I could detect no outward hostility. I smiled back, sheepishly, but I sure felt guilty inside.

Former Atomic Bomb Site In NYC Up For Superfund Designation

DNAinfo | Posted 12.12.2013 | New York

RIDGEWOOD — A former atomic bomb project site on the Ridgewood-Bushwick border is so contaminated that it requires designation as one of the country...

Hanford Is No Place for a Park

Mark Rice | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Mark Rice

Maybe the side of the highway where my daughter and I stood, with its litter of broken beer bottles and the shreds of plastic fluttering on the barbed wire, is as good of a place as any to view the B Reactor.

Jon Stewart's Restricted Data

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.21.2013 | Technology
Joe Cirincione

You may not know Alex Wellerstein's work, but Jon Stewart does. In a recent Daily Show bit, "World War III Update," Jon Stewart showed a news clip describing what a hypothetical North Korean nuclear blast would do.

Happy Birthday, Einstein!

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.14.2013 | Science

Happy birthday, Albert Einstein! One of history's most celebrated thinkers would have turned 134 today. His numerous contributions to physics in...

Manhattan Project Agent Dies In NYC

AP | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — Nathan Safferstein was barely 21 when circumstances suddenly propelled him from his job as a supermarket manager into the stealth wor...

Religion and Technology in America

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.15.2012 | Science
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Garry Wills, professor of American history and author of Bomb Power, says that the atomic and nuclear bomb remade the country into a National Security State fostering perpetual emergency, secrecy and war.

Pass the Bill Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Jim DiPeso | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Jim DiPeso

The historical significance of the Manhattan Project is beyond question, and that is the essence of why Congress should authorize a national historical park to commemorate and interpret the project.

Interview With Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Author of Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Teddy Wayne | Posted 10.10.2012 | Books
Teddy Wayne

In his debut book Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb, author and illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm tackles the immense history of the Manhattan Project, the top-secret government effort to build an atomic bomb.

Manhattan Project Scientist Dies

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 04.22.2012 | Science

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Devoted to finding a way for science to help society, not much escaped the influence of chemist George Cowan. From the Manhattan ...

New Mexico Fire Witness: We Cried When We Saw What Mother Nature Was Doing

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 08.31.2011 | Green

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- The threat of wildfire reaching the Los Alamos nuclear lab and the town that surrounds it eased after crews made progress under cl...

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...

The Best of Both Worlds: Collaborative Governance

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

For most of the last 200 years either the public sector (government in some form) or the private sector (profit or nonprofit entities) dealt independe...

Political Fallout: Will Germany Go Nuclear-Free?

Katie Engelhart | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Katie Engelhart

Germany could well become the first major industrial power to abandon nuclear energy entirely.