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2012
October 2012
12
Meditations
A new memoir about living next to Rocky Flats and what its perspective might be able to do for nuclear historians.
September 2012
12
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What drove Edward Teller to push for a 10,000 megaton hydrogen bomb?
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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
17
Visions
When "atomic" beat "nuclear," and when we stopped defining our age by our reactors.
July 2012
27
Visions
A recent Russian-language book has a treasure trove of rare images of the Soviet atomic bomb project.
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.
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)
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Even the real Dr. Strangelove dreaded getting judged by the standards of "loyalty" required for a security clearance.
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Meditations
"Be sure that no open flame, lighted cigarette, or other spark potential is present when the bomb is uncovered and opened..."
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Meditations
Reports from the annual meeting for the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: Farm Hall, David Lilienthal, Atoms for Peace.
June 2012
27
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Hans Bethe on why it was safe to declassify Project SUNSHINE, a study of the global effects of nuclear fallout.
20Kamchatka quake map (Daily Boston Globe, November 5, 1952)
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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.
13
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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?
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Visions
Photographs of gas centrifuges for uranium enrichment, past and present.
May 2012
28
Meditations
Gas centrifuges could have been made to work during the Manhattan Project, but they didn't figure out how.
23
Redactions
Why praise of Operation Argus gives me the willies.
18
Visions
How many nuclear tests include showgirls? Not that many.
April 2012
30
Meditations
In February 1951, the Atomic Energy Commission reported on the "pleasant" experience of rooting out a high-placed homosexual.
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Visions
A selection of Time magazine covers featuring nuclear weapons topics over the decades.
February 2012
29
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A Civil Defense pamphlet from 1956 explains how to dispose of the millions of corpses after a "nuclear bomb disaster." Includes a flowchart!
22
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The famous collaboration that led to the creation of the hydrogen bomb.
17
Visions
An obscure Soviet publication on nuclear weapons reveals differences in how different countries draw their atomic bombs.
10
Visions
A proto-NUKEMAP from 1950 tried to help industrialists assess their risk from atomic warfare.
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The story behind the broadcast of the first hydrogen bomb test -- two years after it happened.
January 2012
30
Meditations
A summary of a sticky historical issue: whether civilians or military personnel would physically control the atomic bomb.
23
Meditations
New nuclear tidbits from eight just-declassified secret transcripts of the Congressional committee charged with atomic oversight issues.
18
Redactions
On the agonizing compromises made when one brother is the country's top nuclear scientist, and the other is a former Communist Party member.
16
Meditations
Reflections on the use of assassination as a means of counter-proliferation, with insights from the history and sociology of science.
13
Visions
When Sandia found the casing of an old H-bomb in a classified landfill, they did the sensible thing: take photos of themselves with it.
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