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Santorum and Carson Couldn’t Wait To Freak You Out About EMP Weapons Last Night

I am not sure what the deal was during last night’s debates when it came to some of the candidates wanting to share their wonderment with electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weaponry. We got it during the undercard debate early on via Rick Santorum, and then again by Ben Carson.

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January 15th

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The Pentagon’s Effort to Make Smaller Nukes Scares Me

Hey look, it’s the scariest New York Times sentence you’ll read in 2016:

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Adam Clark Estes

January 12th

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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Target List From The Cold War Declassified For The First Time 

The National Security Archive has published what is said to be the most comprehensive and detailed list of nuclear weapons targets and applied weapons strategy that has ever been declassified. The report includes details for purposefully targeting civilian populations and military infrastructure for the systematic destruction of the Soviet Bloc.

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December 24th

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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Target List From The Cold War Declassified For The First Time 

The National Security Archive has published what is said to be the most comprehensive and detailed list of nuclear weapons targets and applied weapons strategy that has ever been declassified. The report includes details for purposefully targeting civilian populations and military infrastructure for the systematic destruction of the Soviet Bloc.

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December 24th

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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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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Chris Mills to Gizmodo

July 27th

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The Air Force Just Dropped an Expensive (and Useless) Nuke in Nevada

In the face of mounting criticism, the Air Force just completed the first test flight of the B61 Mod 12 mock up nuclear bomb in the Nevada desert. This marks the next step in updating a cold war-era weapon that many experts consider to be completely useless today. The military might as well drop a nuke a pile of taxpayer dollars.

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Adam Clark Estes

July 8th

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Filming Atomic Blasts Requires This Massive, Complicated Camera

There's a truly monstrous camera at the "Churchill's Scientists" exhibition at London's Science Museum right now. The C4 Rotating Mirror High Speed Camera was developed at the end of World War II to study explosive reactions.

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Attila Nagy

March 4th

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One Reason the US Isn’t Destroying All Its Nukes: Killer Asteroids

One Reason the US Isn't Destroying All Its Nukes: Killer Asteroids

Among the few apocalypses worse than nuclear annihilation, asteroid impact has got to be near the top of the list—at least if Hollywood's depictions are any indication. Luckily, the American public has at least one agency defending it against errant space rocks: the exact same agency that's supposed to be protecting us from thermonuclear war in the first place.

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Andrew Tarantola

October 1st

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Orange Herald: The Bomb Behind Britain's Worst Nuclear Disaster

Orange Herald: The Bomb Behind Britain's Worst Nuclear Disaster

In the aftermath of the Second World War, it quickly became evident to the British government that Americans had no intention of sharing their newly acquired nuclear weapons technology despite the UK's assistance in the Manhattan Project. As such the British government set about building its own atomic arsenal which eventually led to the UK's worst nuclear meltdown in history.

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Andrew Tarantola

February 10th

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The Soviets Built A Giant Gun That Could Shoot Nukes

The Soviets Built A Giant Gun That Could Shoot Nukes

The insanity of the early Cold War manifested itself perfectly in the Atomic Cannon, built by the US in the early '50s to shoot nukes out of artillery. It turns out that the Russians built a nuclear gun, too.

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Raphael Orlove on Jalopnik, shared by Brian Barrett to Gizmodo

July 9th

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