Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 68 Issue 5

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September
2012
Volume: 68
ISSN: 1938-3282
Page count: 104
Issue external URL: Link

The energy issue

1 September 2012
The energy issue
Could nuclear power be rapidly expanded on a global scale? There are a number of practical limiting factors, including site availability and acceptability, nuclear waste disposal issues, and the risks of accidents and proliferation. But there are also a variety of resource limitations.
1 September 2012
The energy issue

In the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, opinion makers and policy makers, alike, have worked internationally to pique interest in thorium as a possible alternative fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

1 September 2012
The energy issue
The market niche that nuclear power once held is disappearing. The key nuclear indicators—including the number of operating reactors, installed capacity, power generation, and share of total electricity generation—all show that the global nuclear industry is in decline.

Features

1 September 2012
Features
For the last decade of Mao Zedong’s rule in China, his revolutionary thinking dominated all strategic planning and operations and directly shaped the policies of the strategic rocket forces, the Second Artillery.
1 September 2012
Features
A nuclear war between Russia and the United States, even after the arsenal reductions planned under New START, could produce a nuclear winter. Hence, an attack by either side could be suicidal, resulting in self-assured destruction.
1 September 2012
Features
Revelations about the Stuxnet computer worm raise the possibility of damaging cyberattacks on the US electrical power grid or other critical infrastructure. Several approaches might mitigate cyberthreats to critical infrastructure and information technology targets.
1 September 2012
Features
Currently, all nations with nuclear weapons are modernizing their arsenals, delivery systems, and related infrastructure. These programs have serious implications for nuclear disarmament.

Nuclear notebook

1 September 2012
Nuclear notebook

In this Nuclear Notebook, the authors write about nonstrategic nuclear weapons—starting with the difficulty of finding a universal definition for them. Although the United States and Russia have reduced their nonstrategic stockpiles, significant inventories remain.