The Titan Missile Museum is located in “nearby” Tucson, AZ. I should take a weekend trip out to visit one of these days.
In the 1970s and 80s, crews sat at constant readiness in nuclear missile silos buried in the Arizona desert. What would have happened if they had got the order to launch?
Source: BBC – Future – The hidden base that could have ended the world
Well, that’s nice to know. I thought we agreed 50 years ago not to militarize orbital space.
Kremlin claims about a spacecraft that could fire weapons anywhere on Earth within two hours may have just kick-started a nuclear arms race in space.
Source: Russia Is Building a Nuclear Space Bomber – The Daily Beast
TIL: If The Bomb drops, canned beer will be safe to drink, and might be your most reliable source of clean water.
Things seem a bit grim? Don’t despair. If the nukes do fall, and you survive, you can probably still crack that beer.
Source: Nuclear Beer: When The Bomb Comes, Head To The Bar | VinePair
The first sitting president to visit the Hiroshima memorial reminds us how far we’ve come since the first and (hopefully) only nuclear war.
President lays wreath at memorial and embraces a survivor of the US atomic bombing that killed 140,000 people
Source: Barack Obama says memory of Hiroshima ‘must never fade’ | World news | The Guardian
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
When the wind blows….
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and the military to be in “pre-emptive attack” mode in the face of growing threats from its enemies, state media said on Friday.
Source: North Korea leader tells military to be ready to use nuclear weapons | Reuters
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