Obama, Hiroshima, apologies, and the invisible victims of the atomic bombings

When Barack Obama becomes the first serving US president to visit Hiroshima on May 27, there is one group of atomic bomb survivors who will certainly not be there to watch his motorcade drive through the city. These are the North Korean victims of the atomic bombing, a group whose existence remains virtually unknown and unmentioned in the heated international debates about the North Korean nuclear threat.

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Is artificial intelligence really an existential threat to humanity?

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies is an astonishing book with an alarming thesis: Intelligent machines are “quite possibly the most important and most daunting challenge humanity has ever faced.” In it, Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom, who has built his reputation on the study of “existential risk,” argues forcefully that artificial intelligence might be the most apocalyptic technology of all.

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Voices of Tomorrow and the Leonard M. Rieser Award

In its Voices of Tomorrow feature, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists invites graduate students, undergraduates, and high school scholars to submit essays, opinion pieces, and multimedia presentations addressing at least one of the Bulletin's core issues: nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, biosecurity, and threats from emerging technologies.

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Eyes in the sky: Cutting NASA Earth observations would be a costly mistake

There’s a reason why space is called “the ultimate high ground,” and why our country spends billions annually on satellites and similar items. NASA’s Earth-oriented observation missions contribute vital information to many other users, including emergency planners, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, farmers, fishermen, the aviation industry—and national security

The Earth missions provide constant real-time data on the state of space weather, the atmosphere, and the oceans; such information is critical to our Navy and Defense operations worldwide.

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The fate of nuclear power in Vietnam

For more than a decade there has been talk of a global “nuclear renaissance,” and until recently Vietnam looked to be part of it, making plans to build nuclear infrastructure and taking the necessary steps to become a member of the international nuclear community. Then, last month, after a year or more of troubling signs, the government officially suspended its nuclear development plans.

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Truth vs post-truth: What’s causing our record-shattering global temperatures?

The Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” the word of the year for 2016, because we seem to be entering a period in which peoples’ opinions are shaped more by appeals to emotion than by facts. The word was frequently used in reference to Brexit and the US presidential election, but it’s also been long applied to the subject of climate change.

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Can California defend us from Trump's threat to the Paris Agreement?

A man who believes that climate change is a “hoax” wants to pull the United States entirely out of the Paris climate agreement — a disaster for the millions who will die climate change-related deaths from flooding, forced migration, starvation, drought, and extreme weather. Not to mention the risks these things bring to the world's security.

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