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2012
May 2012
28
Meditations
Gas centrifuges could have been made to work during the Manhattan Project, but they didn't figure out how.
25
Visions
Did the President of Harvard draw an atomic bomb in 1943?
23
Redactions
Why praise of Operation Argus gives me the willies.
18
Visions
How many nuclear tests include showgirls? Not that many.
16
Redactions
Why Norris Bradbury didn't want to build the bomb... again. And what they ended up eventually doing about it.
14
Meditations
Notes from the live-blogging of the "Legacies of the Manhattan Project" event, including a non-standard nuclear waste disposal suggestion.
11
Visions
How does one make visual sense out of the size of the nuclear stockpile?
10
News and Notes
Passing on news of an interesting online event featuring nuclear historians and scientists.
 9
Redactions
Barely a month after the bombings of Hiroshima, the Army Air Forces made its first request for more atomic bombs — and a list of targets.
 7
Meditations
The National Archives has lost over a thousand boxes containing classified information. Where'd they likely go?
 4
Visions
A brief meditation on the difficulty of recapturing the blueness of J. Robert Oppenheimer's eyes, and why it might be worth doing.
 3
News and Notes
It's Richard Feynman's Birthday, so lets read Richard Feynman comics.
 2
Redactions
In 1946, scientists at the U. of Penn. attempted to publish a book about atomic bomb design. 60+ years later, here is the censored chapter.
April 2012
30
Meditations
In February 1951, the Atomic Energy Commission reported on the "pleasant" experience of rooting out a high-placed homosexual.
27
Visions
Stalin was a paranoid guy, but just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.
25
Redactions
What would have happened if Japan hadn't surrendered and the US had continued to drop atomic bombs on Japanese cities?
20
Visions
Crude OPSEC ("operations security") animations from the late-80's, early-90's Department of Energy.
18
Redactions
General Groves gets grilled by the press at Oak Ridge on the subject of "the secret," the "Super," and radioactivity at Hiroshima.
16
Meditations
Incredible secrecy plus boring jobs equaled a morale problem. Manhattan Project administrators found an unusual solution: sports.
13
Visions
The origins of one of the most persistent totems of the atomic age.
11
Redactions
One of the trickiest parts of the Manhattan Project was the fact that it was a secret; that there was *a* secret was *the* secret.
 6
Visions
A selection of Time magazine covers featuring nuclear weapons topics over the decades.
 4
Redactions
What did General Groves and Robert Oppenheimer talk about in their first post-Hiroshima telephone call?
 2
Meditations
People are often calling for a "new Manhattan Project," but does that make any sense?
March 2012
30
28
Redactions
The unusual history of insuring the bomb in the United States — yes, insurance — dates back to the Manhattan Project.
23
Visions
Uncle Sam wants you to shut your mouth.
21
Redactions
The degree to which the UK and Canada should be equal partners with the US in the atomic bomb project was a controversial subject in 1942.
16
Visions
One of the really noticeable difference between the Boston and DC areas are the advertisements on their public transportation systems.
14
Redactions
It should come as no surprise that so much of the work of secrecy is creating ever more baroque and detailed categorization schemes.
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