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
Lynn EdenRobert RosnerRod EwingSivan KarthaEdward "Rocky" Kolb Lawrence M. KraussLeon LedermanRaymond T. PierrehumbertM. V. RamanaJennifer SimsRichard C. J. SomervilleSharon SquassoniElizabeth J. WilsonDavid TitleyRamamurti Rajaraman
Today, more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board have looked closely at the world situation and found it so threatening that the hands of the Doomsday Clock must once again be set at three minutes to midnight.
The author argues that nuclear modernizations are inevitable but progress toward disarmament can still be achieved if nuclear-armed nations, Russia and the United States above all, reduce the importance of nuclear weapons in their national security strategies.
In this essay, adapted from his 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award Lecture, Zia Mian, from Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, argues that the ideas Nobel laureate Linus Pauling and other scientists struggled hard over the decades to teach the world have now become widely
The author argues that the Obama administration’s refusal to accept limits on missile defense makes it impossible to achieve nuclear goals such as maintaining strategic stability and pursuing disarmament.
Close study of photographic and video imagery of Israeli Iron Dome defense inceptors engaging with Hamas rockets—both in the current conflict and in the 2012 hostilities—shows that the Israeli rocket-defense system's success rate has been very low—as low as 5 percent or, perhaps, even less.
The author argues that an ongoing diplomatic initiative regarding the humanitarian impact of nuclear detonations could, if great care is exercised, evolve into a successful process for establishing a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Since the dawn of the nuclear era, more than two dozen nuclear power reactors have been permanently shut down in the United States. At some point, the remaining 100 nuclear power reactors currently operating in the United States also must be permanently shut down.
The author argues that women involved in nuclear policy, because they must struggle to prove that they are equal to their male counterparts, often take on personas that are stern, hawkish, and "masculine."
The author argues that faulty disease statistics represent a serious impediment to initiatives in both public health and defense, but that data can be improved with changes in the institutional and educational realms.
The author argues that no nation, whether democratic or not, can afford to neglect public opinion about nuclear power; and that the Chinese-made ACP-1000 reactor is an upgraded version of mature reactor designs.