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Google funds climate deniers

Publicly, it calls for climate action. Privately, Google contributes to some of the most notorious climate-deniers in Washington. (Incidentally, the company removed “Don’t be evil” from its code of conduct in April 2018.)
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Google’s day of reckoning

Compared to other Silicon Valley titans, Google has long appeared to be a bit player in the controversies over misinformation, hate speech, and user privacy that have plagued the likes of Facebook and Twitter, especially in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election. That may change Tuesday as Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes part … Continued

1945-1998 Bulletin backfile available via Google Books

As of December 9, 2008, 53 years of Bulletin content is now available online for free at Google Books. This archive begins with the first issue of the magazine--originally published in December 1945--and includes every year thereafter until 1998.

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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has its own mobile app! It’s now available to download on your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. You may download the app from: The Apple Store Google Play Amazon / Kindle store You’ll be able to read our latest stories for free, plus our premium 2020 magazine issues, … Continued
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Corona-free? How disinformation could be clouding the true pandemic picture in Africa

World Health Organization data shows Africa accounts for about 4 percent of global COVID-19 cases, a surprisingly low number. In some countries misinformation may be obscuring the true impacts of the pandemic.
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The hidden stumbling block to progress on nuclear weapons

Policy makers seem to conflate nuclear weapons’ symbolic meaning with their utility as weapons, and that has made it harder to abolish them.

The brain-computer interface is coming, and we are so not ready for it

"There’s no fundamental physics reason that someday we’re not going to have a non-invasive brain-machine interface. It’s just a matter of time. And we have to manage that eventuality.” — neuroscience expert Jack Gallant
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Coronavirus disinformation adds conspiratorial fuel to a volatile Middle East

Misinformation has been a part of political life in the Middle East and North Africa for years; the coronavirus era has proved no exception. A volatile region where three wars are being fought can ill afford coronavirus-related lies and nationalistic pandemic one-upmanship.
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Comparing nuclear accident responses at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima

The following comparison of three accidents reveals that independent oversight and a strong safety culture are paramount to rapid response, organized evacuation and repopulation, and clear communication to local publics during and after an accident at a nuclear power plant.
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A call for antiracist action and accountability in the US nuclear community

For many institutions in the nuclear community, the true work of becoming antiracist still lies ahead of them: accepting and rectifying their own complicity in the problem.
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Sea stars pushed to edge of extinction by warming oceans

The once-common treasure of the tide pool is at risk of being eradicated along the Pacific coast, by a deadly combination of disease and warming oceans caused by climate change.
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COVID-19 to have negligible impact on climate crisis

The emissions reductions caused by the pandemic are not going to help us much on their own
An AI system described the Wu-Tang Clan as a baseball players.

How to make AI less racist

A prominent dataset of images that researchers used to train artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to recognize objects was taken down after a scholarly paper revealed that some of the categories it contained were labeled with offensive terms for women and minorities. The story highlights how bias can creep into the AI development cycle at various points.
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Prominent nuclear scientists did not recommend the atomic bombings of Japan

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists co-founder Eugene Rabinowitch warned in June 1945 against dropping the bombs on Japan. What would he say about Hiroshima and Nagasaki today?
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Counting the dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki

How many people really died because of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings? It’s complicated. There are at least two credible answers.
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Arms control 2.0? With open source tools, desktop sleuths can go where governments won’t

The steady undermining of arms control agreements provides an opportunity to rethink how governments and citizens promote transparency and military cooperation using 21st century technologies.

Profiting from panic: the bizarre bogus cures and scams of the coronavirus era

The desperation many people have for a cure or treatment for COVID-19 is understandable. But the fake cures and scams circulating online are a real problem.

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.