The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
The Onagawa Nuclear Power Station was closer to the epicenter of Japan’s massive earthquake than any other nuclear plant and faced higher tsunami waves, but it survived relatively unscathed. The reason: a different “safety culture.”
Lawrence M. KraussLynn EdenRobert RosnerAlexander GlaserEdward "Rocky" Kolb Leon LedermanRamamurti RajaramanM. V. RamanaElizabeth J. WilsonRichard C. J. SomervilleSivan KarthaJennifer SimsRod Ewing
A careful review of threats leads the Bulletin's Science and Security Board to conclude that the risk of civilization-threatening technological catastrophe remains high, and that the hands of the Doomsday Clock should therefore remain at five minutes to midnight.
In post-Fukushima Japan, the authors review the recent shift in the nation's Japan’s nanotechnology policy and regulation, analyzing policy documents and government guidelines as well as interviews with prominent scientists and government officials.
The author argues that, though societal verification might one day make a meaningful contribution to verification of arms control treaties, its widespread use is not imminent in most of the developing world.
The author argues that, in the developing world, societal verification initiatives have the best chance of flourishing if they are aligned with trade and supply-chain incentives and separated as much as possible from arms control and from politics in general.
The author argues that, in the developing world, ordinary people will be in no position to carry out societal verification of arms control agreements until leaders believe that societal verification serves the national interest.
The author argues that societal verification’s chances of contributing to disarmament and nonproliferation efforts can be maximized if individuals whose professional incentives align with the undertaking are encouraged to participate.