Stunning map visualization shows every nuclear detonation since 1945

The nuclear bomb, that devastatingly powerful world killer of a weapon, has been around for 70 years. The first nuclear bomb—Trinity—was detonated in a test in New Mexico in 1945, a month later the US Army dropped nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the world was never the same. Here’s an interesting visualization… »8/10/15 4:41pm8/10/15 4:41pm


The process of launching a nuclear missile is completely riveting

This video is more intense and more suspenseful and got me more scared than any movie I’ve watched this year. Veritasium dug into the actual process involved in launching a nuclear missile from its silo and the retro-tech combined with its quaint fail safes and cute ignition all under the backdrop of the disastrous… »7/27/15 7:23pm7/27/15 7:23pm

Video explainer: 3 reasons why nuclear energy is actually awesome

Nuclear energy is great! Nuclear energy is terrible! There are two sides to the argument and Kurz Gesagt is breaking down both perspectives with point/counterpoint video explainers. The three reasons why nuclear energy is awesome and why we need more? It saves lives. It helps the environment. And that using it could… »4/01/15 12:49pm4/01/15 12:49pm

Video explainer: What is nuclear energy and why we don't have more of it

Our ability to harness nuclear energy has existed for quite a while now and yet nuclear energy is only responsible for providing 10% of the world's energy. There are 439 nuclear reactors spread across 31 countries with 160 more reactors planned for the future and yet nuclear energy has stagnated since the 80's. What… »3/26/15 11:34am3/26/15 11:34am

Seeing a nuclear reactor start up is cooler than my sci-fi dreams

Ka-freaking-boom. The piercing blue flash reverberates through the water and looks cooler than my imagination. If watching movies has taught me anything, it's that when you see that particular shade of glowing blue, something superhuman is happening. And yes, a nuclear reactor starting up is as powerful as it gets. »6/26/14 12:36am6/26/14 12:36am

For 20 Years the Nuclear Launch Code at US Minuteman Silos Was 00000000


Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes. »11/30/13 10:12pm11/30/13 10:12pm

You can survive the end of the world in these doomsday timeshares

A company called Terra Vivos is building underground timeshare communities "built to withstand a 50-megaton nuclear blast 10 miles away, 450mph winds, a magnitude-10 earthquake, 10 days of 1,250°F surface fires, and three weeks beneath any flood." Asteroids, nuclear war or angels with trumpets—you'll survive them all… »9/16/13 4:59pm9/16/13 4:59pm

Some mad man built a full family house 25 feet under Las Vegas

Sometime in the 1960s, a nuclear-war obsessed mad person illegally built this surreal house 25 feet under The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. A full family home complete with a swimming pool, painted landscapes and a system that crudely simulates sunlight through the day. This happy place to spend the rest of your life… »9/06/13 1:18pm9/06/13 1:18pm

Air Force Fires 17 Incompetent Nuclear Missile Launch Officers

The AP is reporting that the US Air Force has decided to strip "an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings." The Minot Air Force Base officers failed their tests to launch Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, the backbone of the US… »5/08/13 11:07am5/08/13 11:07am