The 2018 Annual Dinner and Meeting

Watch the highlights from the Annual Dinner

The Bulletin is immensely grateful for the scientists, policymakers, artists, community leaders, board members, donors, and concerned citizens who made our 2018 Annual Dinner & Meeting a resounding success!   The Annual Dinner featured an all-star lineup, with inspiring words that brought the audience to their feet from Governor Jerry Brown, Rieser Award recipient Yangyang … Continued

The start of the Woolsey Fire. Credit: CBS LA

California fire near nuclear accident site

“The Woolsey Fire likely released and spread radiological and chemical contamination that was in [the Santa Susana Field Laboratory’s] soil and vegetation via smoke and ash,” said Bob Dodge, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles. “All wildfire smoke can be hazardous to health, but if [the lab] had been cleaned up long ago as DTSC promised, we’d at least not have to worry about exposure to dangerous radionuclides and chemicals as well.”

French President Emmanuel Macron. Credit: © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

US may not join Macron cyber pact

French President Emmanuel Macron, himself the target of a pre-election hack, went on the offensive this week against the thieves, hackers, and foreign agents who use the internet to attack infrastructure, steal trade secrets, and tip elections. He got representatives of dozens of countries, companies, and nongovernmental organizations to sign onto efforts designed to make … Continued

A billet of highly enriched uranium that was recovered from scrap processed at the Y-12 National Security Complex Plant.

Why the security of nuclear materials should be focus of US-Russia nuclear relations

The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty following years of Russian noncompliance is the most recent upset in a series of escalating tensions between the two superpowers. The political status of Ukraine and Crimea, Russian disinformation campaigns in the 2016 election cycle, and continued uncertainty surrounding the extension of New START have … Continued

Learning from South Korea: How artificial intelligence can transform US export controls

Modern export-control systems are streaked with a brush of irony: The very civilian agencies that determine governmental approaches to exporting emerging technologies do not leverage these same technologies to perform key tasks. Rightfully, experts raise alarm at states and non-state actors that weaponize artificial intelligence (AI), yet they pay relatively little attention to how the … Continued

Will disruptive technology cause nuclear war?

Recently, analysts have argued that emerging technologies with military applications may undermine nuclear stability (see here, here, and here), but the logic of these arguments is debatable and overlooks a more straightforward reason why new technology might cause nuclear conflict: by upending the existing balance of power among nuclear-armed states. This latter concern is more … Continued

Stephen Colbert skewers climate change deniers

A modest proposal for combatting climate change: satire

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Undark. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. “We do not care about planet Earth,” four French scientists declared in February in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution. If humans are exhausting the planet’s resources, they wrote, it’s Earth that needs to adapt—not us. The authors issued a warning: “Should … Continued

Special Issue: Existential Nexus

The November/December issue is available! The extraordinarily fast-paced advance across the world’s scientific and technological enterprise constitutes a defining characteristic of the 21st century. In this issue of the Bulletin, leading experts explore how these quickly-changing technologies increasingly intersect with one another and, as they do, pose new types of global threats. SPECIAL ISSUE: Existential nexus: … Continued