U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

A United Nations disarmament panel presented the first draft on Monday of a proposed global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which advocates called an important step that could hasten completion of a final text by early July. Nuclear powers including the United States have boycotted the negotiations for such a treaty, calling its goals naïve and unattainable — especially at a time when North Korea … Continue reading U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

Spring Conference at MIT, Saturday, May 6

Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War, a conference to be held at MIT, May 6. The growing hostility between the US and Russia — and with North Korea and Iran — makes it more urgent than ever to reduce the risk of nuclear war, as well as to rethink plans to spend a trillion dollars replacing US nuclear weapons with new ones that will be … Continue reading Spring Conference at MIT, Saturday, May 6

Physicist declassifies rescued nuclear test films

The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. But in the decades since, around 10,000 of these films sat idle, scattered across the country in high-security vaults. For the past five years, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and a team of film experts, archivists and software developers have … Continue reading Physicist declassifies rescued nuclear test films

Negotiate with North Korea

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson ruled out on Friday opening any negotiation with North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile programs and said for the first time that the Trump administration might be forced to take pre-emptive action “if they elevate the threat of their weapons program” to an unacceptable level. This position is unacceptable. The administration must change course and negotiate with North Korea. Nuclear weapons can … Continue reading Negotiate with North Korea

Little Boy and Fat Man Cast Shadows Over April Meeting

American Physical Society April Meeting 2017 — The Manhattan Project culminated in August 1945 with the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing World War II to a sudden and dramatic close. More than 70 years later, historians, scientists, and the public continue to study and debate the project’s genesis, impact, and legacy. That debate took the stage at the APS April Meeting 2017, … Continue reading Little Boy and Fat Man Cast Shadows Over April Meeting

How US nuclear force modernization is undermining strategic stability

The US nuclear forces modernization program has been portrayed to the public as an effort to ensure the reliability and safety of warheads in the US nuclear arsenal, rather than to enhance their military capabilities. In reality, however, that program has implemented revolutionary new technologies that will vastly increase the targeting capability of the US ballistic missile arsenal and bring us closer to the verge of … Continue reading How US nuclear force modernization is undermining strategic stability