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2017
May 2017
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Was the first history of the atomic bomb biased towards physics to avoid public associations with chemical weapons? My take on a recent article.
2016
September 2016
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If he had lived to make the decision, would Roosevelt have dropped the atomic bomb?
July 2016
25
Visions
On the anniversary of America's first nuclear disaster, when the Manhattan Project still ruled the bomb...
May 2016
23
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Digging into the unusual death of Louis Slotin and the fate of the bomb core that killed him.
April 2016
 8
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Inventing the bomb was hard. Maintaining the bomb was harder.
February 2016
26
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What does Frayn's famous play get wrong, and what does it get right?
2015
December 2015
11
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What caused the atomic spies of Los Alamos to do what they did? Somewhere in the zone between ideology and ego, monsters live.
November 2015
27
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What does an atomic bomb scientist look like? Not just white men.
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Reading about the various radiation hazards in the Manhattan Project's history can be spine-tingling, even with a measured view of the dangers.
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At what point did the Manhattan Project scientists and administrators realize they weren't in a race with Nazi Germany after all?
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The popular version of Oppenheimer at Los Alamos is one of infinite competence, confidence, and charm. The reality is far more complex.
October 2015
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One of the most unusual, curious, and controversial members of the Manhattan Project was their in-house newspaperman from the New York Times.
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How far would Manhattan Project security go to deal with a problematic genius?
13
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Some notes on doing historical consulting for the period-piece, neo-noir drama, "Manhattan."
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Niigata was one of the possible targets for atomic attack in 1945. Why was it spared? And why don't we ever talk about it?
September 2015
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Did "Big Science" pioneer Ernest Lawrence believe that Japan should have been warned before Hiroshima?
August 2015
 3
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Considering a few of the options that were on the table in 1945.
July 2015
17
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What does the Trinity test signify, in the broad sweep of human history?
June 2015
12
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What remains of the Manhattan Project? A lot of documents. Some people. A few places. And a handful of artifacts.
May 2015
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Along with almost getting hit by a car, he made important contributions to the atomic bomb's design.
March 2015
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In 1945, some scientists thought we should "demonstrate" the bomb to Japan before dropping it on a city. Others disagreed. Who was right?
February 2015
13
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The details of the two dozen Manhattan Project deaths at Los Alamos reveal much about the work of building the bomb, and the people who did it.
January 2015
30
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Why creating a "Manhattan Project National Park" is an important and necessary step to preserve the past.
2014
September 2014
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When the head of the Manhattan Project had questions about the history of the atomic bomb, he had a special, secret place to look for answers.
August 2014
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The original target for the second atomic bomb was Kokura, not Nagasaki. Why was Kokura spared? Three theories are considered.
June 2014
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How important was Albert Einstein's work or personal intervention to the making of the atomic bomb? Not as important as most people think.
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Most of Feynman's stories about the bomb are about his hijinks. But what did he really do on the Manhattan Project, and what did he think about the bomb?
February 2014
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The original, unedited, raw, silent footage of the Nagasaki bombing.
2013
December 2013
 6
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What airburst physics tells us about nuclear targeting decisions, and why it took so long for the NUKEMAP to support arbitrary burst heights.
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