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America’s nukes are controlled by dead technology and we’re afraid

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It’s 2016 and for some reason, the world’s most powerful nations still have nuclear weapons – you know, just in case they need them. America's nukes are controlled by computers, no surprise there. On the plus side, these computers are so old that they can’t be hacked by zit-popping teenage hackerss. In fact, the devices used to control nukes are so old that most Snapchat users might not understand what they are. These massively destructive weapons are actually controlled by floppy disks. That's right, the same ones that died off years ago. Is there really nothing more modern that people can use when they have their fingers on the button?

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Chris Smith

May 26th

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North Korean Army to Assume ‘Pre-Emptive Attack’ Mode With Nuclear Weapons

North Korea isn’t happy. According to Reuters, Kim Jong Un has told the country’s military to assume “pre-emptive attack” mode and be prepared to use its nuclear weapons at any time.

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Jamie Condliffe

March 4th

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Fukushima Reactor Debris Stands No Chance Against Toshiba’s Slicing, Dicing Robot

It’s already been almost five years since the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and the inspection and clean-up is going to last decades. Our best weapon? Amazing robots, like this one Toshiba announced on Monday.

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Bryan Lufkin

January 18th

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Japan Is Trying to Terror-Proof Its Recently Reopened Nuclear Reactors

In August, Japan reopened its first nuclear reactors after an almost two-year hiatus that followed the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Now, months later, Kyushu Electric Power Co. is preparing to guard the controversial energy source against terrorist attacks, too.

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Bryan Lufkin

December 18th

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First Fukushima Recovery Worker Diagnosed With Radiation-Linked Cancer

When Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered its meltdown in 2011, over 44,0000 workers helped safely take it offline. Now, more than four years later, comes the first diagnosis of cancer in a recovery worker to be linked to radiation exposure during the work.

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Jamie Condliffe

October 20th

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Wildlife Is Making a Comeback at Chernobyl — Now That People Have Left

The accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 had a devastating impact on the local population and forced 116,000 people to permanently leave their homes. But now researchers have discovered that, while the people may not have returned, the contaminated area of Belarus is teeming with wild animals, including elk, wild boar, deer and wolves. Perhaps surprisingly, many of these numbers seem to be on the rise and some of them are higher than in uncontaminated areas.

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Jamie Condliffe

October 6th

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Wildlife Is Making a Comeback at Chernobyl — Now That People Have Left

The accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 had a devastating impact on the local population and forced 116,000 people to permanently leave their homes. But now researchers have discovered that, while the people may not have returned, the contaminated area of Belarus is teeming with wild animals, including elk, wild boar, deer and wolves. Perhaps surprisingly, many of these numbers seem to be on the rise and some of them are higher than in uncontaminated areas.

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Jamie Condliffe

October 6th

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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 power of a nuke, makes for a truly captivating watch.

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July 27th

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Your Fear of Radiation Is Irrational

Radioactivity stirs primal fears in many people—but an undue sense of its risks can cause real harm.

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Geoff Watts

July 14th

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The Secret 1949 Radiation Experiment That Contaminated Washington

The physicists who invented the nuclear bomb worked out of Los Alamos in California, but the people who did the dirty work of making the bombs were in Hanford, Washington. Throughout the Cold War, Hanford churned out plutonium for our nuclear arsenal. It was also, conveniently, a place to experiment with radiation.

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Sarah Zhang

June 3rd

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