NUKEMAP creator Alex Wellerstein puts nuclear risk on the radar

By Elisabeth Eaves, July 4, 2017

In 2012, science historian Alex Wellerstein created NUKEMAP, an online tool that lets users pick a place, pick a type of nuclear weapon, and click a red button that says “detonate” to see the devastating results. By May of 2017, NUKEMAP had enabled about 113 million “detonations” by users all over the world. In this interview, Wellerstein talks to Bulletin contributing editor Elisabeth Eaves about why the tool is so popular, the need for better civil defense, how scientists can help change the culture, and much more. Read this free-access interview in “After midnight,” the July/August issue of the Bulletin‘s digital journal.


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