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The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.
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That's why nuclear weapons often show up in cinema as the ultimate threat to our heroes--and humanity. You wouldn't expect the movies to depict nuclear weapons with perfect realism, but some blockbusters do a much better job than others. Here's a guide that separates the good from the useless when ...
That's according to a new online interactive simulator that lets you drop a virtual nuke anywhere in the world. Created by a Wisconsin-based educational nonprofit called the Outrider Foundation, the blast simulator is an effort to teach the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons. It's surprisingly ...

E. Schlosser, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, Penguin Books (2013), p. 457. Google Scholar; 4. See, for example, "The 3 A.M. Phone Call: False Warnings of Soviet Missile Attacks During 1979-80 Led to Alert Actions for U.S. Strategic Forces," National ...
When it comes to North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump's policies have been whiplash inducing. On February 23, he appeared to be gearing up for a conflict when he said that if sanctions against Pyongyang didn't work, Washington would have to move to "phase two," which could be "very, ...
The executive director of a museum in the U.S. town of Los Alamos said Friday that it will not host a traveling exhibition focused on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings as planned due to concerns over the exhibitors' position on the abolition of nuclear weapons. The exhibition, organized by ... bomb
The UK government should take a lead, in accordance with its professed commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons, achieved by multilateral negotiations, by attending this conference and urging the other nuclear weapon powers to do likewise. A modest, but well-worthwhile aim, as a first step, would ... bomb

On Fox & Friends, Diamond and Silk blame Uranium One for Russia's nuclear weapons program ... DIAMOND: How she sold 20 percent of the uranium to Russia and now Russia have nuclear weapons. And you know that uranium is bomb-making material. SILK: That's right. Previously: Fox News' Shepard ... bomb
As of 2017, the U.S. had 3,822 nuclear weapons, according to data just declassified by the Department of Energy. That's down from 4,018 in 2016. That number does not include weapons that have been retired but have yet to be dismantled by the Department of Energy. The figures show just how deep ... bomb
Physicists from UC Davis are taking a leading role in a new joint program between the United States and United Kingdom developing tools to help prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. The first project of the Advanced Instrumentation Testbed, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security ... bomb
Pyongyang has released commemorative stamps and built monuments in honour of its ballistic missile tests, while nuclear and rocket scientists have been named national heroes. For Kim Jong Un, fully giving up nuclear weapons would mean a dramatic reversal for an authoritarian leader who has not only ... bomb
... > It's where nuclear scientists are national heroes. Where ice monuments are built in honor of missile tests and the nuclear warhead is a treasured sword of justice. North Korea's nuclear propoganda has been built over decades by a dynasty who's wielded the nuclear narrative as a key part of regime ... bomb
A single megaton nuclear weapon dropped on the House of Commons would kill more than a million people outright. Nearly 2.5 million ... The US and Russia combined have around 2,000 nuclear weapons on a hair trigger, meaning they could be launched in minutes, leaving my scenarios just hours away. bomb
The region and the world are undoubtedly safer because of the decisions made in the 1990s to relinquish South Africa's nuclear program. Moreover, the dismantling of the relatively small program provided a template for how other nuclear powers could think about eliminating their own programs. However ... bomb
Physicists from the University of California, Davis, are taking a leading role in a new joint program between the United States and United Kingdom developing tools to help prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. The first project of the Advanced Instrumentation Testbed, sponsored by the U.S. Department ... bomb
North Korean rockets fitted with nuclear weapons 'can reach central Europe'. The deputy director of Germany's foreign intelligence agency BND says he is 'certain' about Kim Jong Un's military capability. 21:40, UK, Sunday 18 March 2018. Kim Jong Un has pushed ahead with North Korea's nuclear weapons ... bomb
Mr Stoltenberg said Russia was gradually giving more weight to nuclear weapons in its doctrines, exercises and military capabilities. The NATO secretary-general added that so-called hybrid warfare, such as the use of non-uniformed troops, could be added to the agenda of the next NATO-Russia Council, ... bomb
“Curbing the spread of nuclear weapons and the technology to make them is strongly in the U.S. national interest, especially when talking about the Middle East, which is plagued by various security competitions,” Reif said, adding that three of the last four 123 agreements contained legally or politically ... bomb

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's commitment to giving up his country's nuclear weapons is unprecedented, according to South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha. After months of escalating tensions and rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea, a South Korean delegation that visited ... bomb
We have approved the result of the negotiations on July 7 because Switzerland shares the desire for a world without nuclear weapons and supports the mention in the treaty of the catastrophic humanitarian impact of the use of a nuclear weapon.” However, the government does not hide a certain scepticism ... bomb
Motives for developing and possessing nuclear weapons include protecting one's country by preventing an enemy from attacking it. It would be difficult for a country to abandon its nuclear weapons if it considers there is an external threat that cannot be countered without such weapons. Historically, not ... bomb
SYDNEY (REUTERS) - The Association of South-east Asian Nations and Australia said on Sunday (March 18) that they held "grave concerns" about escalating tensions caused by North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. "We strongly urge the DPRK to immediately and fully comply with its ... bomb
Nearly 85 percent of these were conducted by the United States and the Soviet Union, but the three other recognized nuclear powers (the United Kingdom, France and China) have also conducted a significant amount of their own. Israel has never officially tested a nuclear weapon, although there is strong ... bomb
The international community has long been concerned that Iran's development of nuclear weapons could spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, a key factor in the decision to reach a diplomatic settlement with Tehran over its nuclear program in 2015. The Crown Prince also doubled down on his ... bomb
Such exchanges could evolve into a set of best practices for possessors of nuclear weapons. Finally, the five nuclear weapon states could commit to deepened dialogue on nuclear issues around which they have significant expertise—in particular, nuclear terrorism, treaty verification, and the role they ... bomb
The Doomsday Clock has recently been moved 30 seconds closer to midnight. It is now only two minutes before the clock strikes 12 because of the twin dangers of climate change and the world's stockpile of nuclear weapons. We are “closer to catastrophe,” said Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the ... bomb
My expectations for the Trump-Kim meeting are very low. Kim Jong Un has already achieved what he set out to do. The meeting validates this tyrant as an equal. This has been North Korea's goal for 20 years. The reward of a face-to-face meeting should have only come after high-level negotiations. bomb
Saudi Arabia's crown prince says his country will develop a nuclear bomb if Iran builds nuclear weapons. Mohammed Bin Salman made that startling statement during @NorahODonnell's recent visit to Saudi Arabia for this Sunday's @60Minutes bomb
Our war planners have introduced a mindset and strategy of utilizing first-strike nuclear weapons for non-nuclear confrontations such as a severe cyber-attack. Americans need to come to terms and face head on the realities of both militarism — the “military industrial complex” that Ike warned us about ... bomb
In a March 1 address to the nation, Russian President Vladimir Putin evoked Soviet-era exaggeration. He proclaimed barely feasible economic and social goals and boasted of nuclear arms that are unlikely to change the strategic balance. Putin likely sought for his remarks to be viewed as a campaign ... bomb
What legal or philosophical principle differentiates the moral wrong that would be attributed to a terrorist, non-state actor, or hacker who delivered a nuclear weapon from the presidential launch of a nuclear weapon? A conference held at Harvard University in November 2017 brought together international ... bomb
Elon Musk told a packed theater at SXSW, "Mark my words: AI is far more dangerous than nukes." Chris Pizzello / AP. Elon Musk thinks AI is more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Speaking at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, Musk said that the rate of improvement in artificial intelligence "scares the ... bomb
I want to tell you, so that everyone here in the world knows, that our plans - I hope, it will never be - technical plans to apply nuclear weapons are about the so-called retaliatory, counter-impact strike," Putin said, RIA Novosti reports. The Russian president said that the decision on the use of such weapons ... bomb
(CNN) -- North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about giving up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said Tuesday, in a remarkable development that followed unprecedented meetings in Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also has agreed to refrain from conducting nuclear and missile ... bomb
Of all Donald Trump's departures from tradition, none holds such potentially grave consequences as his decision to build up U.S. nuclear weapons. After a decades-long trend toward disarmament, Trump's estimated $1.2 trillion-dollar upgrade would not only make current nuclear bombs more lethal but ... bomb
"Don't Bank on the Bomb" names dozens of institutions in its "Hall of Fame" category that wholly exclude investments in companies that work on nuclear weapons. It also has a "Runners-up" category of institutions "that have taken the step to exclude nuclear weapon producers from their investments, but whose policy is not ... bomb
WASHINGTON – Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba did not rule out the possibility of a nuclear weapons storage site being built in Okinawa Prefecture in comments he allegedly made in 2009 when he was a minister at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, a U.S. researcher said Monday. Gregory Kulacki ... bomb
At present the UK and the other nuclear weapon powers are not committed to attend. The UK government should take a lead in accordance with its professed commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons, achieved by multilateral negotiations, by attending and urging the US and Russia to return to the ... bomb
The Trump administration's new nuclear policy aims to counter an evolving Russian military strategy that appears to more readily envisage the limited use of nuclear weapons, a senior defense official said Monday. "We have been extremely concerned with what we have seen as the evolution of Russian ... bomb
The most recent nation to acquire nuclear weapons is the North Korean regime, which is estimated to have at least 15 warheads, though some experts say that figure could be as high as 80. As western nations steadily shrunk their arsenals after the signing of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968, Pakistan and India engaged ... bomb
US President Donald Trump, who has agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un, said today there is a now a good chance the North Korean leader will give up his country's nuclear weapons. “For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula ... bomb
MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese diplomat said Saturday that China is committed to the principle of non-first-use of nuclear weapon, expressing concerns about the danger of nuclear development at present at the ongoing Munich Security Conference (MSC). "China maintains a very ... bomb
It is hard to pinpoint exactly when the last nuclear weapon was removed, but the US retired almost all low yield weapons nuclear weapons after 2010. It's these smaller, tactical nuclear weapons that Trump administration wants to bring back as part of its Nuclear Posture Review. The fear among US military ... bomb
The Pentagon's policy chief told an audience at the National Defense University Friday that President Trump's doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons is no different from former President Barack Obama's, and in fact is consistent with the policy of deterrence that dates back to the Truman administration. bomb
The world has been lucky so far to escape the launch of nuclear weapons through miscalculation, but the odds of such a catastrophic accident are ... “Thirty-eight minutes is substantially longer than the decision time that President Trump or President Putin or other leaders with nuclear weapon states would ... bomb
An Israeli orientalist, expert on Iran, a researcher at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem Vladimir Mesamed answers EADaily's questions about the situation in Syria and the region. The situation in the Middle East is increasingly tense. More and more countries are actively involved in the Syrian conflict: this ... bomb
The National Nuclear Security Administration manages U.S.-origin enriched uranium for certain needs such as for the production of tritium, which is used in nuclear weapons. After losing its last source of U.S.-origin enriched uranium in 2013, NNSA projected that its supply would run out in 2027. We found ... bomb
America's next nuclear weapons czar, the Pentagon's No. 3 official and its chief innovation officer were among eight Trump national security nominees the Senate confirmed Thursday. (Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/U.S. Air Force). WASHINGTON — America's next nuclear weapons czar, the Pentagon's No. 3 official ... bomb
The US is preparing to spend billions of dollars upgrading its nuclear weapons programme in Europe, despite the arsenal posing a significant security risk as “targets for terrorism and theft”, critics have warned. Approximately 150 US nuclear weapons are reportedly held on the continent, according to arms ... bomb
Trump's calls for nuclear escalation were echoed in the recently-released Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which calls for new types of nuclear weapons and a lower threshold for using them. Meanwhile, tensions between the United States and North Korea have escalated; dozens of experts warn that the ... bomb
The current Nuclear Posture Review, which was made public on Feb. 2, is arguably among the most ill-thought documents ever issued in our nation's history. Here's why: The spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons it proposes will divert badly needed resources from conventional defense ... bomb


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