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2012
August 2012
17
Visions
When "atomic" beat "nuclear," and when we stopped defining our age by our reactors.
15
Redactions
What the first technical history of the atomic bomb did — and didn't — say about the work of designing the bomb.
10
Visions
American newspaper front pages from the first five days of the atomic bomb's public debut.
 8
Redactions
When the scientists at Los Alamos made plans for how to use the atomic bomb, they optimized them for the burning of civilians.
 6
Meditations
The only reason we didn't cross a moral line at Hiroshima is because we'd already long since crossed it.
 3Chernobyl ARAC simulation, day 10
Visions
Nearly seven decades into the nuclear age, there's a little bit of fallout in everyone.
 1
Redactions
In November 1945, Beria sent an agent to interview Niels Bohr about the atomic bomb. Both Bohr and Beria, though, held their cards close.
July 2012
27
Visions
A recent Russian-language book has a treasure trove of rare images of the Soviet atomic bomb project.
25
Redactions
The top WWII scientific administrator's plan for controlling BW warfare was in reality a trial balloon for a plan to control the bomb.
23
Meditations
Milton Leitenberg and Raymond A. Zilinskas' new book on the Soviet bioweapons program, answers big questions, and raises new mysteries.
20
Visions
A step-by-step guide to firing the Davy Crockett, the "atomic bazooka," and the smallest nuke in the Cold War US arsenal.
16
Redactions
A rare first-hand account of the first atomic bomb test, from the President of Harvard University.
13
Visions
What does an actual nuclear explosion sound like? Not what you'd think, from most nuclear test footage.
11Edward Teller by Paul Shutzer for LIFE magazine (1957)
Redactions
Even the real Dr. Strangelove dreaded getting judged by the standards of "loyalty" required for a security clearance.
 9
Meditations
"Be sure that no open flame, lighted cigarette, or other spark potential is present when the bomb is uncovered and opened..."
 6
Visions
A new comic book series imagines the Manhattan Project as a sci-fi odyssey.
 4
Redactions
Enrico Fermi is today remembered as a great contributor to the American bomb project, but in the beginning, he was an "enemy alien."
 2
Meditations
Reports from the annual meeting for the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: Farm Hall, David Lilienthal, Atoms for Peace.
June 2012
29
Visions
The exuberance and ambivalence of the bomb, as seen through the lens of editorial cartoons from August 1945.
27
Redactions
Hans Bethe on why it was safe to declassify Project SUNSHINE, a study of the global effects of nuclear fallout.
25
Meditations
Two new articles on centrifuge history shed important light on US-UK nuclear interactions in the Cold War, and the problem of proliferation.
22
Visions
Do the eccentric hairstyles of two bomb designers tell us anything about the history of the bomb?
20Kamchatka quake map (Daily Boston Globe, November 5, 1952)
Redactions
Why Hans Bethe wanted to postpone the test of the first hydrogen bomb in 1952.
18
Meditations
What would have happened if the US hadn't decided to try and build an H-bomb in early 1950? Some alternative scenarios are considered.
15
Visions
Considering the test site of the first Soviet atomic bombs, from 1949 to the present.
13
Redactions
Hours after the first H-bomb was detonated, the press knew about it. But why did the government try to keep it secret for years after that?
 8
Visions
Thoughts on attempts to re-capture the horror of a nuclear explosion.
 6
Redactions
A new theory on why Joseph Rotblat left Los Alamos, and Groves' warning to the AEC that he had "doubts" about certain people on the project.
 1
Visions
Photographs of gas centrifuges for uranium enrichment, past and present.
May 2012
30
Redactions
Gas centrifuges posed a tough problem for the US in the 1960s, perched in between fears of proliferation and the desires of industry.
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