Month: May 2013

It is 5 minutes to midnight

It is 5 minutes to midnight

It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the clock hand one minute closer to midnight, back to its time in 2007.

Bulletin names 2013 Rieser Fellows

Bulletin names 2013 Rieser Fellows

Jason Parisi, Evan Thompson receive research fellowships May 29, 2013—The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has announced the selection of Jason Parisi, a rising sophomore at Yale University, and Evan Thompson, a 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia, as the 2013 recipients of the Leonard M. Rieser Fellowships. Parisi, who is a physics major, … Continued

Turkey’s nuclear ambitions

Turkey’s nuclear ambitions

This month Turkey and Japan agreed to begin exclusive negotiations on constructing four nuclear power reactors at Sinop on the Black Sea. The deal marks the start of Turkey's second nuclear power project, after it reached a similar deal three years ago with a Russian consortium to construct four reactors at Akkuyu near the Mediterranean.

If the Boston Marathon attack had involved dirty bombs

If the Boston Marathon attack had involved dirty bombs

Last month's Boston Marathon bombing was horrific enough without getting into ways in which it could have been worse. But in fact there is one avenue of speculation worth exploring, because doing so could help keep cities safe in the future: What if the explosive devices allegedly used by the Tsarnaev brothers had contained radioactive material? What would be the effect of such a so-called dirty bomb?