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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.)
Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Credit: © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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.

coal miner silhouettes lit by headlamps

With financial squeeze tightening, coal is collapsing faster than some predicted

Between shrinking demand, competition from cleaner sources of energy, and pressure from climate campaigners, the coal industry is being rapidly abandoned by insurers and investors. As the economics of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel turn ever more toxic, coal may finally be on the way out—after years of its predicted demise.
The black death. Watercolor by Monro Orr

Black plague, Spanish flu, smallpox: All hold lessons for coronavirus

From the Black Death to Spanish flu to smallpox, history is full of lessons on disease outbreaks, and it can be a useful tool for debunking disinformation.
US President Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar should finally come clean about its chemical weapons past—with US help

The United States has alleged since the 1980s that Myanmar once maintained a chemical weapons program, but even after the democratizing country ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2015, the government there still wouldn't come clean and declare that it once produced the banned weapons. There are signs that Myanmar's stance may be changing.
Lyndon Johnson addresses the UN General Assembly, 1968.

The NPT took effect 50 years ago; its purpose has been debated from the beginning

Historical documents shed new light on the treaty and the divergent interpretations of its central purpose as far back as 1968—before it was even signed.
By the end of 1943, the US Navy had installed 120 electromechanical Bombe machines like the one above, which were used to decipher secret messages encrypted by German Enigma machines, including messages from German U-boats. Built for the Navy by the Dayton company National Cash Register, the US Bombe was an improved version of the British Bombe, which was itself based on a Polish design. Credit: National Security Agency

Keeping classified information secret in a world of quantum computing

The “race” for quantum supremacy against China is significantly overstated. Analysts should redirect attention to protecting classified information against future attacks by quantum computers, a more pressing and manageable problem.
Workers at the Pantex Plant in Texas handle a nuclear warhead.

The low-yield nuclear warhead: A dangerous weapon based on bad strategic thinking

The debate over the low-yield warhead matters not just because it could make nuclear weapons more usable, but also because it exemplifies the dangers of building a weapon without a strategy.
Nina Pham is discharged from the hospital.

Outbreaks of lethal diseases like Ebola and the Wuhan coronavirus happen regularly. The US government just cut funding for the hospitals that deal with them

After cases of Ebola begin showing up in the United States in 2014, the US government created a tiered system of hospitals to deal with the virus and other serious infectious diseases. Despite the fact that outbreaks of lethal diseases--like the coronavirus that's spreading in Wuhan, China--are common, the US government has stopped funding dozens of specialized hospitals across the country meant to deal with them.
The Sea Hunter, an autonomous ship.

Killer robots reconsidered: Could AI weapons actually cut collateral damage?

Although activists are calling for an international ban on lethal autonomous weapons, incorporating AI into weapons systems may make them more accurate and result in fewer civilian casualties during war.
Cover of Iranian newspaper

No, Iran didn’t exit the nuclear deal. And no, its nuclear announcement is not revenge for Soleimani.

Iranian officials are telling us what revenge for Soleimani will look like. It has nothing to do with the nuclear deal.
September 2019 climate strike in New York City.

Best of 2019: Young experts on nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technology

In 2019, young people had something to say about the lack of progress on stabilizing the climate, negotiating with North Korea, and preparing for the arrival of quantum computing.
US Advanced Hypersonic Weapon test

Hypersonic missiles: Three questions every reader should ask

Coverage of hypersonic weapons by major news outlets has ranged from uncritical to downright fawning. Coverage of hypersonic weapons by major news outlets has ranged from uncritical to downright fawning. Here are some questions that every informed reader should be asking.
The 2010 nuclear security summit in Washington, DC.

Would terrorists set off a nuclear weapon if they had one? We shouldn’t assume so

Terrorists could use a nuclear bomb in ways that don’t include detonating it. By planning for a range of scenarios, policymakers can prevent the worst outcomes from happening.
Deval Patrick speaking in Denver in 2008.

Deval Patrick: the latest presidential candidate to be uninformed on nuclear weapons

Deval Patrick’s response to a question about no first use was slightly cringeworthy, but he’s not the only candidate who needs to brush up.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Information overload: The promise and risk of quantum computing

Google announced a breakthrough in quantum computing, a perennially just-over-the-horizon technology that promises to dramatically increase the speed at which computers can complete complex tasks. While the technology promises to unlock vast new areas of knowledge, it carries with it national security and other risks.
Ukrainian troops

Impeachment backstory: The nuclear dimension of US security assistance to Ukraine

Withholding military assistance to Ukraine, the country that gave up world third-largest nuclear arsenal, is damaging not only to US credibility and Ukraine’s security but also to the international nonproliferation regime.