Everyone Should Know That a Nuclear Bomb Can Incinerate Their Neighborhood in 2.5 Seconds

The Better We All Understand These Weapons’ Power, the Less Likely Governments Are to Use Them

I usually try to have fun at social gatherings, but almost inevitably someone who knows what I do for my “day job” asks me about nuclear weapons. “What’s up with North Korea?” “Is this Iran deal a good thing?” “Russia’s developing all these new weapons, what gives?!” “Looks like India and Pakistan might go to war, and they both have nukes!” “Geez, I didn’t know there were nuclear missile submarines in Seattle!”

Often, this leads to conversations about how bad a nuclear bomb, or even a nuclear war, would be. And …

Before You Push That Big Nuclear Button, Consider the Source

From Intentional Hoaxes to Accidental Alerts, Our Interconnectedness Makes Us Vulnerable to Fear

Shortly after 8 a.m. on January 13, 2018, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent out a chilling alert to residents across the state of Hawaii: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO …

The Sanitized Rhetoric That Makes Nuclear War More Likely

To Rid the Planet of Atomic Weapons, We Should Dismantle the Language That Makes Them Possible

The nuclear age began 73 years ago when a brilliant, terrible flash lit up the pre-dawn sky in the New Mexico desert. That first explosion at the Trinity site in …

Before Going to War in North Korea, Try Understanding the Place First

Armed Conflict Between the U.S. and Pyongyang Isn't Inevitable—or Impossible

With schoolyard taunts hurtling between Washington and Pyongyang, and fears of nuclear Armageddon escalating from Seoul to Tokyo to Los Angeles, the once-unthinkable idea of a military showdown between North …