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CATEGORY: Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear Fallout Shelters Were Never Going to Work
October 16, 2017

Mere months into the program, reports emerged of leaking water drums and shelters that had never received any supplies. Read More

We’ve Been Talking About World War III Since Before Pearl Harbor
October 10, 2017

And worrying about the bomb for even longer. Read More

Meet the Top Contenders for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
October 5, 2017

They’re working to make the Middle East a safer place. Read More

For 40 Minutes in 1971, It Seemed the End Was Near
August 16, 2017

Every TV and radio station in America was interrupted with an emergency message indicating nuclear war was imminent. Read More

Inside the Government’s Top-Secret Doomsday Hideouts
June 27, 2017

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Declassified Nuclear Bomb Tests May Reveal New Data
March 16, 2017

A nuclear weapons physicist is rushing to rescue the filmed record of America's Atomic age. Read More

Remembering the Palomares H-bomb Incident
January 15, 2016

Cold War paranoia nearly led to a nuclear disaster 50 years ago, when an American B-52 bomber exploded over Spain and dropped four hydrogen bombs near the tiny village of Palomares. Read More

The Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs
August 7, 2015

Some 260,000 people survived the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, but Japanese engineer Tsutomu Yamaguchi was one of the very few who endured the horror of both blasts and lived to the tell the tale. Read More

WWII Aircraft Carrier Used in Atomic Bomb Tests Found Intact on Sea Floor
April 21, 2015

Researchers have used an underwater drone to explore the wreck of USS Independence, a light aircraft carrier that served during World War II and later became a target during atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll. Read More

Document Reveals 1961 Nuclear Close-Call over North Carolina
September 24, 2013

A newly declassified document reveals how close the United States came to accidentally detonating a nuclear bomb on North Carolina in 1961. Read More