Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 69 Issue 6

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November/December
2013
Volume: 69
Page count: 85
Issue external URL: Link

Special Issue: Art, Destruction, and the Doomsday Clock 

Interview

1 November 2013
Interview

In this interview, George Poste, co-director and chief scientist at Arizona State University's Complex Adaptive Systems Network, discusses where the United States stands today as an innovator in science and technology and explores how the nation was more bold in these areas during the Cold War.

Doomsday Clock issue

8 November 2013
Doomsday Clock issue

The author traces the rise of twentieth-century "nuclear culture," citing examples from Japan’s Godzilla movies to jazz songs.

1 November 2013

In this essay, the author describes how the destruction wrought by the indiscriminate firebombing of a small Basque town during the Spanish Civil War came to inspire Pablo Picasso’s most famous painting, Guernica.

7 November 2013
Americas

Reflecting on two US-engineered Cold War programs and plans, the author finds how terror, over past decades, has become a normal element in everyday US life.

1 November 2013

Images of climate change and global warming—including tens of thousands of photographs, charts, graphs, cartoons, illustrations, and moving images—have been spread across magazines, television, and films, and are scrolling down the growing array of websites devoted to some aspect of environmenta

1 November 2013

In this essay, the author explores whether nuclear catastrophe is beyond the reach of art. A documentary photographer, she reflects on her own work capturing the lives of those who lived downwind of the nuclear tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site in the United States.

Features

1 November 2013
Features

In November 1983, NATO, during what became known as the Able Archer 83 exercise, rehearsed a nuclear response to a hypothetical Soviet attack on Western Europe.

1 November 2013
AsiaEurope/Russia
Features

Nuclear power continues to offer the potential to be a major, worldwide, scalable, carbon-free energy source—if the challenges of safety, nonproliferation, waste management, and economic competitiveness are addressed.

1 November 2013
Asia
Features

India’s government has extremely lofty ambitions for future nuclear energy generation, but the author argues that the poor economics of such generation, among other reasons, will not allow those to be realized.

Nuclear notebook

1 November 2013
Nuclear notebook

The number of weapons in China’s nuclear arsenal is slowly growing, and the capability of those weapons is also increasing.