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Orange Herald: The Bomb Behind Britain's Worst Nuclear Disaster

Soon after the Second World War, it became evident to the UK that the US had no intention of sharing their newly acquired nuclear weapons technology despite the UK's assistance in the Manhattan Project. As such the British government set about building its own atomic arsenal; leading to the worst nuclear meltdown in UK history. Read More >>

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How the US Invented Dirty Bombs to Stop the Soviet Advance in Europe

The thought of mutually assured destruction in the form of worldwide nuclear annihilation made leaders on both sides of the Iron Curtain squeamish. But, limited nuclear war, now there was a plan! Irradiating the Soviets just a little bit, you know, as a deterrent, was seen as the clearly superior option to outright ICBM volleys. Read More >>

New Google Earth Hack Lets You Nuke Any City in Devastating 3D

A perverse fascination with nuclear fallout and blast radii isn't that weird. Don't you want to know how hard you and everything you know is going to obliterated from the face of the Earth in the unlikely case that some maniac drops twenty kilotonnes of atomic death on your front door? Now you can see a simulation of the mushroom cloud that will claim your life — in three dimensions. Read More >>

How Fallout from Nuke Tests Just Proved that Brain Cells Regenerate

Before the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963 barred all aboveground, subsea, and orbital nuclear weapons testing, the world's nations were popping off nukes like champagne bottles on New Years. Surprisingly, that sprinkling of high-energy particles was actually quite beneficial, to science at least, as it's just helped solve a longstanding dispute in human physiology—can the brain regrow neurons? Short answer: sorta. Read More >>

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How NASA's Nuclear Rockets Will Take Us Way Beyond Mars

The first people to step on to the surface of Mars won't arrive aboard the chemical-fueled rockets that delivered Apollo 11 to the Moon — they simply don't provide enough thrust to get to the Red Planet before exposing their crews to months of dangerous space radiation. Instead, NASA is turning to long-ignored nuclear-thermal rocket technology to deliver the first Martian explorers into history. Read More >>

Pentagon: Let's Threaten Nuke Strike Against Hackers

Most of us are content keeping hackers away with a firewall and decent password. But the Pentagon isn't nearly content, and in a new report, insists we should keep our nuclear arsenal ready for Internet retaliation. What could go wrong? Read More >>

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A Complete History of American Nuclear Explosions in 90 Seconds

On July 16, 1945, the US Army destroyed a small part of New Mexico by testing the first nuclear bomb in human history, the most powerful weapon of all time. It then proceeded to blow up 1,054 more. Read More >>

America Planned to Detonate a Nuke on the Moon to Terrorise the Russians

An interview with a former US Air Force physicist has come up with the astonishing claim that America planned to set off a nuclear bomb on the Moon as the ultimate display of technical and military might. Read More >>

Meet The Tiny Bomb-Wielding Spacecraft That Could Someday Save Our Species

Scientists have given some thought as to how we'll defend ourselves when a giant asteroid inevitably heads our way and solutions range from paintballs to nukes. A team at Iowa State University has settled on the latter, and they've got plans for ship to do it waiting in the wings. Read More >>

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These Five Men Volunteered to Let a Nuke Explode Over Them

Fifty five years ago today, the US' Department of Defense launched a nuclear missile test in Nevada, as they would hundreds of times again. But this time, five guys and a cameraman were placed right underneath the massive atomic explosion. Why? Read More >>

How Many Nukes Would It Take to Blow Up the Entire Planet?

Dropping one nuclear bomb is terrible enough—cities leveled, populations vaporised. Horrible enough on its own—but what if you dropped 183.000? Goodbye, USA. So what about obliterating the moon? We've got it. Read More >>

Iran Just Got Way Closer to Making Nukes

Bad news if you like Earth unthreatened by crazy people wielding nukes: Iran just claimed significant advancements to its nuclear weapons program. Read More >>

This Is What Nuking an Earth-Killing Asteroid Looks Like

You might think Armageddon was just a lot of Bruce Willis sobbing and Aerosmith-fueled sex, but there was actually some truth in there! If an enormous space rock ever heads our way, we're already planning on nuking it to hell. Here's how. Read More >>

Did North Korea Secretly Test Two Nukes in 2010?

New analysis suggests North Korea clandestinely tested two nuclear weapons in 2010. If it's true, it would double the number of known tests hailing from the country and could mean serious nuclear warhead development is underway. Read More >>

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Taking Apart Nukes Is Probably a Stressful Job

I thought writing for Gizmodo was tough! Apparently I have nothing to worry about, and neither do you, unless you're like Wesley Baptiste, who's training to disarm old nuclear warheads for a living. Don't drop that wrench. Read More >>

Bill Gates Building Nuke Plant for China

What do you do when you've run out of things to spend money on, and everyone already uses your software? How about developing a nuclear plant with China? Sure! Bill Gates is doing just that, the AP reports. For science? Read More >>


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