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Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
Cheryl Carlesimo

We should remember it always, and clearly, and with detail. The loss of those 200,000 people vanishing in two lethal flashes of light with their billowing mushroom clouds hanging above is still hard to wrap your mind around. The fact that so many were civilians is horrific.

On Iran--It's Not Just the Nukes; It's the Sanctions, Stupid

Lynda Bekore | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Lynda Bekore

Bill Clinton made a simple policy slogan--"It's the economy, stupid"--legendary during his 1992 presidential campaign.

Washington Hawks Advocate the Bombing of Iran -- Really?

David Oualaalou | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Given America's weak global leadership, I do not see how the United States can sustain a long and devastatingly bloody war against Iran; a war that would become global and could last 10 to 15 years.

DPRK Hackers

Francis Levy | Posted 02.17.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

DPRK Hackers. Fast, reliable service without a smile. Ask for Mr. Kim. Film publicity, high quality plutonium, fully armed warheads, labor (ask about our detention facilitates ) and basketball camps.

A World Awash In A Nuclear Explosive?

Center for Public Integrity | Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith Center for Public Integrity WASHINGTON — A generation after Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the world i...

Iran Is Driving the Bus, so Why Is the West Celebrating?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is hard to understand what all the celebrating in the West is about. Simply that there is an agreement where there had been none? The Iranians should be doing the celebrating -- and they are.

Archeologists Discover 'Gate To Hell'

Posted 04.03.2013 | World

Hell is a hard place to describe in detail, since, after all, going there would require dying first. But in an effort to find out what the ancient ver...

What Obama Should Tell the UN

Joe Cirincione | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

In the few paragraphs about nuclear weapons that you will put in your speech, you can reassure your allies and warn your adversaries by quickly and powerfully laying out your integrated, three-part agenda.

The Push for More Spaceborne Nuclear Russian Roulette

Karl Grossman | Posted 09.30.2012 | Green
Karl Grossman

Plutonium has long been described as the most lethal radioactive substance. And the plutonium isotope used on the Curiosity rover is significantly more radioactive than the type of plutonium used in nuclear weapons or built up as a waste product in nuclear power plants.

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.

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.

Ridding The World Of The “Element from Hell”

| David Biello | Posted 05.10.2012 | Science

The vast majority of the radioactive plutonium on the planet is man-made—roughly 500 metric tons, or enough to make 100,000 nuclear weapons by the c...

Fukushima's Nuclear Nightmare Is Far From Over (or the Disturbingly Deadly Act of Placing Profits Before People)

Vivian Norris | Posted 06.17.2012 | Business
Vivian Norris

Why does Fukushima still matter? Because no matter what TEPCO or the authorities have claimed, the reactors and the fuel pools are unstable.

The Deadly Folly of Nuclear Power Overhead

Karl Grossman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Science
Karl Grossman

These missions don't present threats to life on Earth -- unlike the use of nuclear power overhead. Also, the production of nuclear fuel on Earth for use in space -- or in the atmosphere for drones -- constitutes danger, too.

Problems Plague Cleanup At Hanford Nuclear Waste Site

USA Today | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green

HANFORD SITE, Wash. – Seven decades after scientists came here during World War II to create plutonium for the first atomic bomb, a new generation i...

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...

Buddhist Thoughts On Impermanence, Plutonium And Beauty

Lewis Richmond | Posted 06.05.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

What a startling thought: that the very evanescence of things can be a cause for joy, and a way to see this ever-changing, ever-aging world as a thing of beauty.

New Mexico's (Atomic) Ground Zero

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

Trinity was the culmination of the Manhattan Project where, during World War II, some of the best scientific minds toiled to perfect a device they called "the gadget." With the force of 20,000 tons of TNT, the gadget broke windows 90 miles away

ReThink Interview: Lawrence Bender and Lucy Walker on Countdown to Zero and Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why are nuclear weapons so far off our collective radars when they retain the potential to extinguish millions of lives -- if not all life on the planet -- in mere minutes?

Netanyahu Cancels Trip To Washington For Obama's Nuclear Summit

AP | Mark Lavie | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (AP)-- Israel's Prime Minister called off his trip to Washington next week to attend a conference on the spread of nuclear weapons, official...

North Korea Uranium Program Roughly 15 Years Old

AP | JAE-SOON CHANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea appears to have launched a uranium enrichment program as a new way of building atomic bombs soon after its 1994...

Trucks Carrying Nuclear Weapons Around The Country Revealed (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The idea of nuclear weapons being carted around in our highways, cities and neighborhoods doesn't really put one's mind at ease. However, the governme...

After the Nuke Test, the US and North Korea Should Keep Talking

Michael Roston | Posted 06.02.2011 | World
Michael Roston

History is not on North Korea's side, and ensnaring the hermit state in negotiations establishes some possibility of reining in its behaviors.

Ukraine Arrests Lawmaker, Businessmen For Trying To Sell Plutonium

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian security agents have arrested a regional lawmaker and two companions for trying to sell a radioactive substance that c...

McCain, Obama & the Trojan Horse of Nuclear Energy

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Crandell

Under the guise of concern over climate change, some ask us to re-consider our aversion to new nuclear power, ignoring the same old problems that have stopped any plants from being commissioned since 1979.