This Map Shows all the Antineutrinos Spewed Out by Nuclear Plants

Antineutrinos are fascinating things, and they're spat out in uncommon quantities by the nuclear power plants around the world. This map shows just how many are churned out each year. Read More >>

These Autonomous Patrol Cars Keep Watch Over Nuclear Stockpiles

Monitoring America's nuclear stockpiles is vital but mind-numbingly dull work. So rather than rely on easily distracted human guards, the storage facilities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) are now being watched by the unblinking eyes of a mobile robotic patrol fleet. Read More >>

13-Year-Old Builds Nuclear Reactor to Become Youngest Fusioneer Ever

Do you remember what your greatest accomplishment was at age 13? Whatever it was, Lancashire-lad Jamie Edwards, 13, just crushed it by becoming the youngest person to ever carry out atomic fusion. Read More >>

Nun Goes Nuclear in Bizarre Weapons Facility Blood & God Protest

84-year-old nun Sister Megan Rice got herself a 35-month jail sentence in the US, after she was found guilty of breaking into a nuclear weapons storage plant and daubing it with religious messages. And, belying the traditional image of the polite nun, she spread human blood around the place too. Read More >>

See Nevada's Hellish Nuclear Moonscape From Above

The 1950s and early 60s were an optimistic time, especially if you were a fan of nuclear testing. Read More >>

Sellafield Nuclear Power Staff Stay at Home Over Radiation Worries

Sellafield, the UK's historic seat of nuclear power, is currently operating at reduced staff levels, after safety systems spotted a rogue rise in external radiation readings. It probably won't explode and plunge the country into a nuclear crisis, but it might be wise to panic-buy a few extra loaves of bread today just in case. Read More >>

The U.S. Government Once Fracked Oil Wells Using Nuclear Bombs

Oil and gas fracking is big business in America, with more than two million hydraulically fractured wells across the country producing 43 and 67 per cent of our national oil and gas outputs, respectively. These wells also nearly played a secondary role as nuclear waste storage sites, had the Atomic Energy Commission had its way with Project Plowshare. Read More >>

Mathematician Calculates How to Survive First 30 Minutes of Nuclear War

We're more than half a century past 1960, when the Doomsday Clock ticked down to two minutes before midnight. Yet, despite the steady outpouring of movies and TV shows featuring rogue nukes and dirty bombs, fewer and fewer people actively worry about a nuclear bomb going off. That being said: Do you know where and when to take shelter if it does? Read More >>

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Japan to Intentionally Send Nuclear Fuel Rod Into Meltdown

Japan's Atomic Energy Agency will, at some point after this coming April, deliberately send a nuclear fuel rod into a full-blown meltdown. What could possibly go wrong? Read More >>

Radioactive Mystery Steam Over Fukushima Could Mean Another Meltdown

The newest update in the comedy of errors highly disconcerting series of devastating failures that is the Fukushima cleanup effort is troubling to say the least. Tepco has confirmed that "unexplained plumes of radioactive steam" have been rising from the mangled remains of Reactor Building 3. In other words, Fukushima could be in the middle of another meltdown. Read More >>

Thieves in Mexico Just Stole Ingredients for a Radioactive Dirty Bomb

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has some bad news. It just announced that thieves in Mexico have stolen a truck carrying dangerous radioactive materials. In fact, they got their hands on all the ingredients they'd need to produce a radioactive dirty bomb. Read More >>

For 20 Years the Nuclear Launch Code at US Minuteman Silos Was 00000000

Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimise any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes. Read More >>

This Island Holds the Decaying Remains of the Soviet Nuclear Fleet

Whereas most ruins of decades past are often strictly off-limits, Russia's Kildin island is a veritable petting zoo of the creepiest decaying military equipment you will ever get to see up close. Read More >>

Why Nuclear Bombs Create Mushroom Clouds

Why do nuclear bombs make mushroom clouds? The phenomenon all comes down to a little something called the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and by extension, convection. I'll begin with the somewhat longer, but less geeky explanation before descending once again into extreme nerdery.
It all starts with an explosion that creates a Pyrocumulus Cloud. This ball of burning hot gases is accelerated outwardly in all directions. Since the burning ball of accelerated gases is hotter, and therefore less dense, than the surrounding air, it will begin to rise- in the case of nuclear explosions, extremely rapidly. This ultimately forms the mushroom cap. Read More >>

New UK Nuclear Plant Gets the Go-Ahead

Lovers of mutant vegetables, cheap electricity and government overspending rejoice: the UK government has green-lit the first new nuclear power plant to be built on British soil in a generation, but it ain't exactly cheap. Read More >>


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