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Robert Oppenheimer

The Atomic Bomb at 70: Its Fearsome Impact, Frightful Legacy, and Potential Stellar Redemption

William Bradley | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As horrifying as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were, the quantum leap forward in destructive power afforded by the hydrogen bomb made our situation far more perilous. We've been fortunate that virtually unthinkable destruction has not ensued since the nuclear arms race of the 1950s.

Hiroshima: The Sickness of Nuclear Proliferation

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

It was seventy years ago that human beings were first targeted with -- and annihilated by -- an atomic bomb.

Iran's Honor System Nuke Deal Solves A Problem But Begs A Question

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Let's not kid ourselves. The deal with Iran that President Barack Obama so proudly announced on Tuesday does not prevent the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power. Far from it. The unasked, and unanswered, question in all the predictable hubbub and blather is how much that matters.

Why Do We Keep Perpetuating Myths About the Man Called the Father of the Atomic Bomb?

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 12.17.2014 | Media
Shirley Streshinsky

The New York Times manages to revive the myth of atomic scientist Robert Oppenheimer as a man broken, his career ended by a long-discredited security hearing in the 1950s, in spite of plenty of evidence to the contrary.

Art Collective Puts Nuclear History In Perspective

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.31.2014 | Arts

One day in 1943, Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, known to many as the "father of the atomic bomb," made a mundane request. According to an interoffice mem...

Why Were So Many Women Left on the Edges of History?

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

One of the pioneers of psychology, Ruth Tolman, helped develop early treatment for PTSD after World War II, and led the effort to make psychology a science. So why is she remembered best as Richard Tolman's wife and Robert Oppenheimer's best friend?

Police Officer Not Charged In Crash That Killed 6

AP | MITCH STACY | Posted 02.20.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer whose cruiser slammed into a stopped car in the middle of an intersection tried to veer away but couldn...

The Day That Could Have Brought Down Robert Oppenheimer

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

Three women were central to the scientist's life. One was his best friend. One was his great love. One was his wife. And two of them were members of the Communist Party USA.

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 Review: Countdown to Zero -- How I Learned to Start Worrying

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

America's willingness to use nuclear weapons poses one of the globe's biggest threats. As Countdown to Zero illustrates, it's time we take that threat off the table.

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?