Tag Archives: Cold War

Obviously Don’t Set Off Nukes to Do Cool Science. Obviously

PRESS THE BUTTON! FOR SCIENCE!

Soon, there won’t be enough radioactive carbon-14 to do carbon dating. Does it make sense to set off more nukes to continue the research?

Source: Obviously Don’t Set Off Nukes to Do Cool Science. Obviously | WIRED

As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy

Since when did 1950s-era nuclear development strategies become policy again (anyone remember “Davy Crockett”)? Do we seriously need low-yield nukes when a MOAB can do similar damage without radiation hazards? Also, 10 points for using an F-15 to deploy the prototype instead of the F-35 (which in real life would probably break and resemble Slim Pickens riding the bomb at the end of Dr. Strangelove).

I’m all for updating the arsenal (because it’s literally falling apart), but “precision guided” and “nuclear weapon” don’t generally belong in the same sentence. Thanks, Obama.

The Energy Department and the Pentagon have been readying a weapon with a build-it-smaller approach, setting off a philosophical clash in the world of nuclear arms.

Source: As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy – The New York Times

The slowly fading art of flying—and maintaining—Cold War fighter jets

There used to be a couple of guys with L-39s at McCollum that would tear up the skies over Kennesaw every so often. They usually flew them to shows for static display, though, but those gooney birds were a lot of fun to watch! More recently, I’ve made acquaintance with some of the guys restoring these old birds out at the Planes of Fame museum in Chino. It’s a lot of love that goes into these machines…and a lot of money!

Privately owned warbirds still soar because of the efforts of a few dedicated folks.

Source: The slowly fading art of flying—and maintaining—Cold War fighter jets | Ars Technica

The Secrets of an Abandoned AT&T Tower in Kansas

A mysterious AT&T relic reveals connections between telecommunications infrastructure and the Cold War.

Source: The Secrets of an Abandoned AT&T Tower in Kansas – The Atlantic

Russia reveals giant nuclear torpedo in state TV ‘leak’

And you thought the Cold War was over….

The Kremlin says secret plans for a Russian long-range nuclear torpedo – called “Status-6” – should not have appeared on Russian TV news.

Source: Russia reveals giant nuclear torpedo in state TV ‘leak’ – BBC News

The Cold War nuke that fried satellites

“Goldeneye, I’ve found his weakness….”

A secret 50-year-old memo to the British prime minister solved this Cold War mystery. But could a similar event happen again today? Richard Hollingham investigates.

Source: BBC – Future – The Cold War nuke that fried satellites

The Alternate Universe of Soviet Arcade Games

In Soviet Russia, game plays you!

Source: The Alternate Universe of Soviet Arcade Games | Atlas Obscura