Month: January 2018

Nuclear Roundup: 1/29/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea North Korea’s nuclear missiles “most serious and imminent problem:” S Korea minister US’s Mattis: Diplomacy should impose reason on North Korea’s Kim North Korea and Donald Trump may be a recipe for accidental nuclear war — here’s how it could happen This is how nuclear war … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 1/26/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. General Interest Closer to midnight: The Doomsday Clock and the threat of nuclear war The Doomsday Clock is the gimmick we need to think about nuclear tensions Kissinger: Nuclear proliferation greater threat from North Korea than a strike North Korea North Korea could set off global nuclear … Continued



  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Move Clock Ahead 30 Seconds, Closest to Midnight Since 1953; #RewindtheDoomsdayClock: Cool Trump Nuclear Rhetoric, Negotiate With North Korea, Stick With Iran Deal, Reduce US-Russian Tensions, and Insist on Global Action on Climate Change. WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 25, 2018 – Citing growing nuclear risks and unchecked climate dangers, … Continued

DNA origami

DNA origami: Unfolding risk?

Through DNA origami, the building blocks of life could be converted into double-helix swarms that wreak cellular havoc. The tricky part is introducing DNA origami structures, intact, into human bodies. But “invisibility cloaking” may soon eliminate this barrier.

Nuclear Roundup: 1/23/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea [Interview] US Special Representative on North Korea Policy: “We have a standing offer for dialogue” North Korea and US clash at disarmament forum on nuke issues Limited strikes on North Korea would be an unlimited disaster Let’s get real about Pyongyang’s latest gambit United States … Continued

Talking Nuclear Weapons

How a nuclear attack order is carried out now

If the president is not at the White House or other location with secure communication, he or she would use the so-called nuclear football to order the use of nuclear weapons. The football, or Presidential Emergency Satchel, is a briefcase containing various items, including a book laying out various attack options, from striking a small number of military targets to launching an all-out attack against Russian nuclear forces, military installations, leadership facilities, military industry, and economic centers. This briefcase is carried by an aide who stays near the president at all times.

Watch the 2018 Doomsday Clock announcement live at the Bulletin

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live international news conference at 10 a.m. EST/1500 GMT on Thursday, January 25, 2018, to announce the 2018 time of the Doomsday Clock. Watch the announcement live at, or on our Facebook page through Facebook Live. Speakers for the Doomsday Clock announcement on January 25, … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 1/22/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea South Korea’s Moon hopes inter-Korean thaw “opens door” for nuclear talks with US CIA director Mike Pompeo on “crushing” foes amid shutdown, North Korean nuclear threat Nuclear weapons did not embolden Pakistan: Drawing the right lessons for North Korea A closed door for China leaves … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 1/19/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. General Interest 2018 Doomsday Clock announcement Thorium reactors may dispose of enormous amounts of weapons-grade plutonium How should we write about nuclear weapons? Nuclear reactors the size of wastebaskets could power our Martian settlements We owe it to our children to end the nuclear age North Korea … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 1/18/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says US needs more missile defense Russia rejects Trump allegation it is violating UN sanctions on North Korea: Ifax North Korea rejects sanctions talk, ready for “successful” Olympics: diplomat Dems after Asia trip: No “illusions” … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 1/17/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea McMaster’s secret San Francisco meeting on North Korean threat North Korean nuclear weapons crisis at a “tenuous stage,” Tillerson says Trump, Kazakh president discuss North Korea nuclear threat Strong criticism of China, Russia as 20 countries meet in Vancouver over nuclear North Korea China says … Continued