Morbid Researchers Imagine a 'Best-Case Scenario' for Nuclear War, and the Results Are Grim

There are currently about 15,000 nuclear warheads on Earth—enough to blow our planet to kingdom come. It’s complete overkill, literally. But how many nukes is enough to deter an enemy? And how many nukes could an aggressor nation drop on an enemy before the effects of nuclear winter come back to haunt them? A new…

After Disastrous Hawaii Incident, Senators Propose Ending States' Power to Send Missile Alerts

In mid-January, the Hawaiian state Emergency Management Agency sent out an erroneous text to all cell phones in the state warning of a “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” sending many residents into an hour-long panic as they ran for cover from what they feared was a North Korean nuclear bomb. Though it…

DC Comics Tries to Capitalize on Announcement of Impending Apocalyptic Disaster, Regrets It Immediately [Updated]

Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that for the first time since 1953, the Doomsday Clock—its representation of how close the world is to a catastrophic, civilization-ending disaster—would be moved to two minutes to midnight. DC Comics decided that was a grand way to promote its current event…

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Forgot His Twitter Password During That Fake Ballistic Missile Alert

Earlier this month, the state of Hawaii descended into a brief if existentially terrifying panic as its Emergency Management Agency dispatched a mass text message warning of an imminent “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT” after an employee pressed the wrong button. Many residents immediately scrambled for cover from what they…