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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 72 Issue 4
July 2016

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 72 Issue 4

Volume: 72
Page count: 266

Interview

3 July 2016
Interview

In this interview, author and theater director Susan Southard discusses her book Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, an award-winning history of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and its enduring impact over 70 years.

Nuclear notebook

3 July 2016
Nuclear notebook

The modernization of China’s land-based nuclear-capable missile force has progressed significantly over the past year, with Beijing fielding a new version of an existing nuclear missile and a new dual-capable missile. The country has also reorganized its nuclear missile command structure.

3 July 2016

In 2013, China’s president, Xi Jinping, launched a massive reclamation and construction campaign on seven reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

3 July 2016

When it comes to nuclear-armed submarines, the global status quo is transforming rapidly.

3 July 2016

In order to deter adversaries, a nuclear-armed power must deploy an invulnerable second-strike force; its leadership must display the willingness to use that force under certain well-defined circumstances; and it must make believers out of the prospective foes it hopes to deter, convincing them t

3 July 2016

Today, nearly all voice and Internet traffic, including essential military and financial transmissions, travels through undersea fiber-optic cables.

3 July 2016

Following the November 2015 “leak” of a classified slide purporting to show a Russian nuclear-armed and nuclear-powered drone intended to create long-lasting “zones of extensive radiological contamination,” both Russian and Western observers have suggested that Moscow may be developing a cobalt b

3 July 2016

A November 2015 video broadcast of a high-level meeting of Russian military and defense industry officials gave viewers a peek at Russia’s ostensive plans for Status-6, an underwater nuclear drone to be armed with a high-yield thermonuclear warhead capable of radioactively contaminating vast coas

3 July 2016

A primary motivation for developing autonomous weapons is the assumption that such systems require fewer combatants with lower levels of expertise, thus cutting costs.

Book review

3 July 2016
Book review

Reviewed in this essay:

Cyber-humans: our future with machines, by Woodrow Barfield, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 2015

World wide mind: The coming integration of humanity, machines, and the internet, by Michael Chorost, Free Press, 2016

 

Global forum

3 July 2016
Global forum

Over a single April day in 1986, a little-known place called Chernobyl became infamous. Twenty-five years later, a similar fate befell Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture.