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2013
February 2013
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News and Notes | Visions
Some data from a year of NUKEMAP, and a promise of new things to come...
 4
Redactions
"A good deal has been written about Hiroshima, but no-one can describe adequately the smell — and the flies."
January 2013
25
Meditations | News and Notes
Three recent losses — two people, one building — highlight that the living presence of the Manhattan Project is rapidly vanishing.
22H-bomb history drawing, by George Gamow
Visions
The U.K. Atomic Energy Authority's bizarre coat of arms, and more H-bomb drawings from George Gamow.
18
Redactions
The colorful physicist's postwar concerns about the teaching of nuclear physics, and an H-bomb doodle.
15
News and Notes
An announcement of a talk about the history of the hydrogen bomb being given at the National Museum of American History.
11
Visions
An investigation into the graphical history of the UN nuclear watchdog.
 4
Meditations
Herman Kahn on the relationship between price and control, and what it might mean for the biological revolution underway.
2012
December 2012
28A "Restricted Data" stamp from the papers of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. Sort of a non-sequitur.
Redactions
A list of scholarship published on nuclear history for the year of 2012.
25
Visions
Decorating a tree, Hanford-style.
21
Meditations
Children and existential fear, from the high Cold War to Stockton, California, from Stockton to Newtown, Connecticut.
14
Visions
How does one recruit nuclear weapons designers? In the 1950s, you could just take out ads in popular magazines.
 7
Meditations | News and Notes
Are we closer to Doomsday than we were last year? Plus, some pretty things to distract you from all that gloomy thinking.
November 2012
30
Redactions | Visions
The US government doesn't like to draw atomic bombs, but the Russians don't mind drawing American nukes.
15
Redactions
What would make a nuclear bomb attack even worse? How about a nuclear attack that generates its own thunderstorm?
 7
Meditations | Visions
Reflections on a year of nuclear secrecy blogging. Plus some neat images.
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Meditations
Are there new things to be said about the Cuban Missile Crisis after 50 years of talking about it?
October 2012
25
Meditations
Contrary to popular perception, Kennedy's "quarantine" of Cuba during the Missile Crisis wasn't a complete success — there were already lots of nukes there.
18
Redactions
Did Truman know about the radiation effects of the atomic bombs before they were used? Does it matter?
12
Meditations
A new memoir about living next to Rocky Flats and what its perspective might be able to do for nuclear historians.
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Meditations | News and Notes
Robert Christy, one of the last major recognizable names who worked on the atomic bomb, has passed away. How many major Manhattan Project figures remain?
September 2012
28
Redactions
A debate by Leo Szilard and Edward Teller on the moral responsibility of the scientist just before the bombing of Hiroshima.
19
Visions
Nuclear strategy is one part cold logic, one part emotional terror.
12
Redactions
What drove Edward Teller to push for a 10,000 megaton hydrogen bomb?
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Redactions
In 1955, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission experimentally answered the question none of us were asking: if you nuke beer, does it change the taste?
August 2012
31
Visions
The security badges produced for the Los Alamos project present a dizzying display of the many people who worked on the atomic bomb.
29
Redactions
A document from 1947 points towards an interesting Los Alamos policy: banning all spheres, innocuous or not, from technical areas.
24
Visions
In 1945, Tinian was the hub of the Pacific Front. Today, it's a nearly-empty tropical paradise. For now, anyway.
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Redactions
What would have happened if the planes carrying the first atomic bombs had crashed on takeoff? Bad things.
17
Visions
When "atomic" beat "nuclear," and when we stopped defining our age by our reactors.
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