Why A Russian Super-Radioactive Atomic Torpedo Isn’t The News You Think It Is

News came out yesterday that Russian government media “leaked” information about some sort of new super-radioactive nuclear torpedo, as much as Russian government media can “leak” things. Many publications ran with the “super-radioactive” bit, but it’s actually not too important. »11/12/15 2:10pm11/12/15 2:10pm

Russian TV "Accidentally" Leaks Footage of Classified Nuclear Torpedo Design

During a meeting of military officials in Sochi, Russian TV crews captured footage of a document not intended for public consumption. The supposedly “secret data,” which was subsequently shown on Russian television, revealed details of a “nuclear torpedo” designed to inflict “assured unacceptable damage” to enemy… »11/12/15 10:11am11/12/15 10:11am

Metal Gear Solid Is One Of The Most Fascinating Science Fiction Stories in Any Medium

Metal Gear Solid is an obsession for millions of gamers, with its totally insane science-fiction storytelling. But at its heart, the series has always been about celebrating and questioning the power of technology. The story of Solid Snake, Raiden, and Snake’s evil dad Big Boss (it’s... a long story) isn’t just… »8/31/15 12:30pm8/31/15 12:30pm

New Documents Found Pointing To Japan's WWII Atomic Bomb Program

Seventy years ago, the United States dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan. At the time, the US was the only country with nuclear weapons. That wasn’t for a complete lack of effort on the part of other countries, however, and new documents found heap more evidence on Japan having a program of its own. »8/05/15 7:50pm8/05/15 7:50pm

The Air Force Just Dropped an Expensive (and Useless) Nuke in Nevada

In the face of mounting criticism, the Air Force just completed the first test flight of the B61 Mod 12 mock up nuclear bomb in the Nevada desert. This marks the next step in updating a cold war-era weapon that many experts consider to be completely useless today. The military might as well drop a nuke on a pile of… »7/08/15 2:30pm7/08/15 2:30pm

The Secret 1949 Radiation Experiment That Contaminated Washington

The physicists who invented the nuclear bomb worked out of Los Alamos in New Mexico, but the people who did the dirty work of making the bombs were in Hanford, Washington. Throughout the Cold War, Hanford churned out plutonium for our nuclear arsenal. It was also, conveniently, a place to experiment with radiation. »6/03/15 2:30pm6/03/15 2:30pm

North Korea's Brand New Ballistic Sub Discontinued by Soviets in 1990

Looks like North Korea's engineers have been hard at work brushing up on their obsolete Soviet-era technology. Because after acquiring 10 discontinued Soviet subs, everyone's favorite little warmongering-dictatorship-that-could has finally rendered the outdated ballistic vessels seaworthy—and it only took them 21… »11/03/14 11:33am11/03/14 11:33am

What Would Happen If the 20 Biggest US Cities Were Wiped Out With Nukes

Wiping out an American city, much less the largest ones, requires either blast yields well beyond the capability of any terrorist organization, or numbers of nuclear weapons that would make the terrorist organization one of the largest nuclear powers on the planet. This is particularly true of major cities such as… »10/14/14 1:10pm10/14/14 1:10pm

Less than two percent of the Hiroshima bomb's uranium actually detonated

Little Boy, the nuclear bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, leveled a two-mile radius of the city, killing an estimated 80,000 people. It was an enormous amount of destruction—and it was caused by less than two percent of the uranium carried by the bomb. »8/20/14 1:16pm8/20/14 1:16pm