In its five years of existence, Safecast has collected 50 million readings as a prominent member of the growing “citizen science” movement that aims to put detection tools in the hands of people outside the government for the purpose of public enlightenment.
Month: July 2016
If you’re a dictator who can’t trust your own people in the military, you can still trust a machine to do your dirty work.
Twenty-five years ago this Sunday, the world gave a heavy sigh of relief. On July 31st, 1991, Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush signed the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or more commonly, START I. The treaty limited the nuclear arsenals on either side of the Iron Curtain to 6,000 warheads and 1,600 Strategic … Continued
With Russia and China advancing on their neighbors, now is not the time for a US promise never to launch a first nuclear strike.
As more evidence comes to light that the hacking of the Democratic National Committee is linked to Russian intelligence, Vice Media's Motherboard channel has posted a helpful reference on cyber vocabulary and slang.
The subject of climate change always attracts online attacks. Here are a few ways to keep online discussion safe and civil.
If you were in the shoes of a nation’s premier official news outlet, what would you do in case of nuclear attack? That was the question facing the British Broadcasting Corporation during the Cold War. So, the top brass decided to plan ahead and draw up an official "BBC War Book" that dealt with every … Continued
Solar, wind, and nuclear power all produce energy without carbon emissions, but government policy often favors the first two, encouraging their use with large subsidies. Some members of the public, nervous in the wake of high-profile nuclear accidents and the thorny problem of where to locate waste, support such a renewables-first approach. If we really … Continued
Members of the Biological Weapons Convention will probably not change the treaty to accommodate for advances in genetic editing. But there is still plenty they can do to make sure Crispr and other new biotechnologies are used safely and peacefully.
China’s coal burning, which more than tripled during the period from 2000-2013, may have finally peaked—and at the same time, China has been rapidly increasing its production of solar, nuclear, and wind energy. A report by economists in Nature Geoscience says that this is more than a statistical blip, but possibly a permanent downward trend … Continued
A piece of history is sailing around the Pacific Northwest to raise awareness of nuclear weapons. But the very idea of peace is history to many Americans.
More than 1,800 tons of spent fuel from the San Onofre nuclear power plant outside San Deigo is still stuck on the grounds of the facility, says the San Diego Union-Tribune, with no long-term storage facility in sight. Bulletin readers are well aware of the problem—but the difference this time is that it is not … Continued
On July 22nd, the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait, set an all-time record for a temperature recorded outside of Death Valley, with a reading of 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit
Proponents of natural gas see it as a bridge fuel that can aid the transition to renewable energy, but expanding natural-gas infrastructure has long-term consequences.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is excited to partner with the Stimson Center on the UNSCR 1540 International Student Essay Contest. The Stimson Center, which launched the contest in April, is looking for innovative ideas from students around the globe to prevent the proliferation of the world’s most dangerous weapons. The UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 was adopted in 2004 … Continued
The Financial Times interviews Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom and surveys the outlook for artificial intelligence
In the confusion over the attempted coup in Turkey on Friday, there was an angle that could be easily overlooked: The US Pentagon temporarily lost access to the Turkish air based of Incirlik, where an estimated 50 nuclear weapons are stored. “The Turkish government claimed that some of the coup plotters were based at Incirlik … Continued
Just before their national convention, a GOP leader in Congress decided to fire back against what they believe is a “posse” of state attorney generals who “have veered away from enforcing the law to environmental activism.” House Committee on Science, Space and Technology chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex) and his colleagues issued subpoenas to the attorneys … Continued
Trump's likely vice-president, Indiana governor Mike Pence, is a climate foot-dragger, if not an outright denier, says this piece in Scientific American. Which could set things back a lot if The Donald and Co get into the White House. And it shows that the "calming voice" of the VP may not be so calm after … Continued
The WNISR is one of the definitive sources for information on the nuclear industry and its trajectory.