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2013
September 2013
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Are there any indications that the Germans penetrated into the secrecy surrounding the American atomic bomb project during World War II? Not many.
 9A 1959 advertisement for Union Carbide in the Saturday Evening Post.
News and Notes
Tune in on September 11, 2013, to hear me talk live from Philadelphia on the "nuclear age."
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During World War II, the United States didn't just fear a German atomic bomb, but also a German dirty bomb. But secrecy made acting on such fears difficult.
August 2013
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Meditations
The terrible banality of a weapon explicitly invented to target civilian populations.
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Did Klaus Fuchs tell the Soviet Union how to make a hydrogen bomb? Recently released documents from the Russian archives shed new light on the question.
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Japan managed to avoid getting the world's third plutonium core dropped on them, but it still managed to leave behind a deadly legacy.
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Meditations
Why was a second bomb used against Japan, so soon after Hiroshima? A review of several theories.
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Meditations
Thoughts on the 68th anniversary of Hiroshima, and what gets lost when we focus on individual events.
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Meditations | Visions
I thought I knew a lot about nuclear fallout, but digging into the details taught me some subtle but important points about how it worked.
July 2013
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Visions
Two new photoessays about the first atomic bomb and its creators.
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News and Notes | Visions
The new NUKEMAPs are up!
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News and Notes
NUKEMAP2 and NUKEMAP3D are now online!
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News and Notes | Visions
A teaser for the things to come.
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An unusual view on the possibility of scientific secrecy from physicist who was inside the Manhattan Project but not making the bomb.
June 2013
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Redactions | Visions
Making sense of the worst radiological accident in US history.
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Meditations
A new tool for journalists who need to spice up their stories with Hiroshima references.
May 2013
31
Visions
The captivating, intimate horror of the American B-29 incendiary raids against Japan during World War II.
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Visions
The Manhattan Project gaseous diffusion facility, K-25, was once the world's largest factory under a single roof. But what did it look like on the inside?
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Meditations
Of the $2 billion spent on the Manhattan Project, where did it go, and what does it tell us about how we should talk about the history of the bomb?
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A brief update to the last post: translations of leaflets dropped on the Japanese after Hiroshima.
April 2013
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Did the United States warn Japan about the atomic bombs prior to their use? A mystery is unravelled.
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Meditations | Redactions
Blacking something out is only a step away from highlighting its importance, and the void makes us curious.
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Visions
A vision of future war, only a few months after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
March 2013
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Visions
When seen in color, what were cities of dust become cities of rubble.
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Meditations | Redactions
Did atomic secrets kill Lt. Col. Paul P. Stoutenburgh?
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Where do historians stand, in the 2010s, about the decision to use the atomic bomb? A report from a recent workshop.
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An anonymous wartime wordsmith comes up with an novel interpretation of why Hanford was so secretive, and so unpleasant to work in.
February 2013
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A poem and song, both classified "secret," shed light on the early days of continental nuclear testing.
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Meditations
Why I get annoyed when we talk about meteors, earthquakes, and tsunamis in terms of megatonnage.
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