Month: August 2014
Powerful countries wield the rhetoric of imminent security threats to rationalize unjust uses of new military technologies.
There is nothing normal about “the new normal” in climate change. Forgetting the past is a dangerous way to adapt to the present.
If they participate in military cyberoperations—intentionally or not—could employees at Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and many other tech firms be considered “civilians directly participating in hostilities” and therefore legitimate targets of war?
A small, affordable device that makes it easy for individuals to not only detect but also identify and map radiation could have applications ranging from classroom experiments to nuclear emergencies
As Britain’s government plays politics with Scotland-based arms, it risks losing its nuclear deterrent altogether
Why we should change from fission to fusion electricity generation swiftly, with minimal overlap, once fusion is available
The incentives and practicalities make it unlikely that robotic car bombs will be a near-term threat.
Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison poses the unnecessary risk that bio-engineered viruses could turn into a pandemic threat
A little recognized component of the nuclear smuggling process—the scientist who is asked to verify black-market nuclear material—could be used to thwart it
A look at the many attempts, past and present, to put the atomic bombings into perspective
Moving past the Ukraine crisis will require a mindset rare among national leaders. It is a mindset capable of seeing connections, patterns, and dynamic systems, one with a sightline extending into the future beyond the next political election, and into the past as seen by others who experienced it.
The Y-12 National Security Complex has not produced weapons for some 25 years, but its annual budgets have increased by nearly 50 percent since 1997. The dysfunction must end, sometime.