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How to lose a nuclear weapon

Over the course of the Cold War, the United States lost nuclear materials and weapons all. the. time. There’s even a term that refers to the loss of a nuclear weapon: “Broken Arrow.” How, you might ask while you’re sipping your scalding morning coffee, does anyone lose something so important? Well, chances are, that you’d […]

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Do you know about the nuclear exercise “Snowball” or Снежок?

In the days after, Soviet scientists’ reports detailed the impact of the nuclear blast on everything: vegetation, animals, shelters, vehicles, houses. And a small part on human lives.

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Oak Ridge’s radioactive mist

Swim naked in the local lake with Oak Ridge native Megan Fox, the mist caressing both of their faces would be radioactive. 

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Yeltsin’s close nuclear call

It’s January 25, 1995 and you’re President Boris Yeltsin activating the “nuclear briefcase”.

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Nuclear incidents in the 1950s

Excerpts below from the Nuclear Files Org. Update on 4/27/2021: inexplicably, this link is broken. I can access other decades, but for some reason I cannot pull the file on nuclear accidents in the 1950s from the archived nuclearfiles.org 13 February 1950U.S.A., Pacific Ocean- A B-36 which developed serious mechanical difficulties on a simulated combat […]

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Soviet Spy Klaus Fuchs

…not until 1949 that decrypted cables from the United States Army Signal Intelligence Service (SIS)’s “Venona” project revealed Fuchs was a Soviet spy.