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Watch now: The brain-computer interface is coming and we are so not ready for it

Watch a Bulletin virtual program in which Paul Tullis and Amy Orsborn, moderated by Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, give the inside scoop on the exciting progress and potential pitfalls of the brain computer interface. In this conversation you’ll hear how the Bulletin article sharing the name with this program came together, how neuroscientists balance ethical concerns … Continued

A short presidency, perhaps

If he is not indicted for crimes (sexual assault? fraud?)from his murky past, if he is not felled by the heart attack typical for men of his age, work hours, and dietary habits, I expect President Trump to be deposed in a Republican house coup. He will then have been a vehicle for the election of President Pence.

Germany’s Energiewende: The intermittency problem remains

We often hear about Germany’s audacious ‘energy turn-around,’ or Energiewende, from fossil fuels to renewables. But how has it really worked in practice, from the viewpoint of someone who has worked for more than two decades for both Germany’s utilities and large, energy-intensive industries? What lessons can the United States take from observing the German experience?
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YouTube and other foreign tech companies bow to Kremlin pressure amid Navalny protests

Russian authorities had a hand in suppressing this year's protests on behalf of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny: foreign social media companies like Google subsidiary YouTube. The tech platforms abided by the Russian government's orders to remove protest-related content.
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Treasure Island cleanup exposes Navy’s mishandling of its nuclear past

For decades before it was selected for closure, the Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay overhauled military ships and housed nuclear war academies that used radium, plutonium, and cesium 137 in their training courses. The Navy knew for years that those materials were not always in safe hands. But it did not acknowledge that history publicly, and as a result, workers preparing for civilian redevelopment may have inadvertently spread radioactive material around the island, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has found in a yearlong investigation co-published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
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Trinity, now and then

What can we learn by looking at how the first atomic bomb test was covered over time?

1975: All in our time: A foul and awesome display

Kenneth Bainbridge recounts his role during the first nuclear bomb test in July 1945. This is the second and final installment of his account of the test.

In their own words: Trinity at 75

On the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, a novel retelling of the Trinity test, woven entirely from words the Manhattan Project's protagonists first published in the Bulletin.
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Round-the-clock surveillance of Iran’s uranium-enrichment sites continues, despite coronavirus

In-person, on-site inspections are continuing. And the IAEA also has 1,563 cameras, 866 surveillance systems, and a variety of other, on-site verification technologies installed at facilities around the world, allowing it to monitor nuclear activities remotely.
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On a hotter planet, we are all Australians

Australia’s 2019-20 summer wildfires are harbingers of death on a hotter planet. But they did not come without warning. The question now is: What are we going to do about it?
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Clean energy and rare earths: Why not to worry

Some claim that shortages of rare earth minerals, or China’s near-monopoly over rare earths, could inhibit the West’s shift to renewable energy. It's just a long-standing myth.