10% of U.S. Electricity Comes From Old Russian Nuclear Warheads

This is basically the least worst thing that can happen with Russian nuclear bombs! For the past twenty years, the Russians have been turning 500 tons of uranium from decommissioned nuclear weapons into nuclear fuel for the United States. It's called the Megatons to Megawatts program. The last shipment from that 1993… » 12/11/13 5:23pm 12/11/13 5:23pm

Reagan-Era Futurists Thought Iran Would Get Nukes by 2020

Will Iran obtain a nuclear weapon? That's the hot-button question for the U.S. government as the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York this week. No one knows for sure, (except maybe Space Cat). But if you asked American futurists of the early 1980s, they'd probably tell you that it's bound to happen by… » 9/25/13 2:25pm 9/25/13 2:25pm

India's New Long-Range Missile Can Reach Beijing, Europe, and Beyond

India and China are the epitome of frenemies. Their relationship isn't outright antagonistic, as India's is with neighboring Pakistan, but has remained prickly since an ongoing border dispute over Tibet that began in the 1960s. Which is why it could be a bit disconcerting that India's newest missile can reach… » 9/18/13 2:44pm 9/18/13 2:44pm

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 disappear from the face of the Earth in the unlikely case that some maniac drops twenty kilotons of atomic death on your front door? Now you can see a simulation of the… » 7/22/13 9:57am 7/22/13 9:57am

The Hardest Part of Making a Nuclear Bomb

Nuclear bombs are easy to make, right? Find some uranium, shove in some explosives and—BOOM!—you're quite literally done. Umm, sorry, nope. The big problem in making a nuclear bomb is that you need enriched uranium, and that's actually a real pain in the ass to make. In this video the engineering guy Bill Hammack » 6/19/12 7:55am 6/19/12 7:55am