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Jul 26, 2018

Should We Build A Fast Nuclear Test Reactor Or Continue To Be Beholden To Russia?

Posted by in categories: climatology, nuclear weapons, sustainability

In the end, however, if the critics quoted in the Science article don’t care about global warming, fine – many people don’t. If they think renewables alone can do it, fine – some people do. I’m sure they’re well-intentioned. However, every leading climate scientist from Jim Hansen on down knows that we will not achieve any of our climate goals without a dramatic increase in both nuclear and renewables.

Since fast-reactors, like those that will be tested in the VITR, can get ten times the power out of the same fuel, can burn spent fuel and even depleted uranium like our old Iraqi tank armor, when we get to fast reactors as a significant portion of our energy we will have several thousand years of low-carbon power on hand.

That’s more energy than exists in all the coal, oil and natural gas in the ground right now.

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Apr 26, 2018

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Has Collapsed: Chinese Scientists

Posted by in categories: existential risks, nuclear weapons

Chinese scientists urge the authorities to monitor and prevent potential radioactive leakage.

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Apr 26, 2018

Geologists say N. Korea’s nuclear test site likely collapsed

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Associated Press historical news archive articles dating back to 1985.

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Sep 3, 2017

North Korea nuclear test: South Korea to approve US missile defence system – live

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Seoul is poised to give green light to install four more batteries of controversial Thaad system amid tensions with Pyongyang.

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Jun 15, 2017

What is a Drone? (Future A to Z)

Posted by in categories: automation, computing, drones, electronics, military, nuclear weapons, robotics/AI

Drones. Drone is a word you see pretty often in today’s pop culture. But drones seem to be an extremely diverse species. Even flightless vehicles are occasionally referred to as drones. So what exactly is a drone?

In this video series, the Galactic Public Archives takes bite-sized looks at a variety of terms, technologies, and ideas that are likely to be prominent in the future. Terms are regularly changing and being redefined with the passing of time. With constant breakthroughs and the development of new technology and other resources, we seek to define what these things are and how they will impact our future.

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Jun 1, 2017

U.S. Successfully Tests Nuclear Defense System

Posted by in category: nuclear weapons

The United States’ nuclear defense system succeeded in intercepting a missile.

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Jun 1, 2017

Time To Replace America’s Land-Based ICBMs

Posted by in category: nuclear weapons

The U.S.’ land-based ICBM arsenal will have to be replaced by the mid-2030s with a totally new missile. The land-based missiles remain a crucial component of the nuclear triad.


America’s land-based ICBM arsenal remains the backbone of its nuclear deterrence efforts, but it still needs a total replacement.

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Jan 20, 2017

China, already dominant in supercomputers, shoots for an exascale prototype in 2017

Posted by in categories: information science, nuclear weapons, robotics/AI, supercomputing

Back in June, China debuted the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight (pictured), with a Linpack benchmark result of 93 petaflop/s. That machine contains 40,960 locally developed ShenWei processors, each with 260 cores and roughly comparable with Intel’s Knight’s Landing Xeon Phi CPU. China also developed a 136GB/sec memory controller and custom interconnect that delivers 16GB/sec of peak bandwidth between nodes.

Now China is working on a prototype exascale (1,000-petaflop) system that it aims to complete by the end of this year, according to state media. An exascale computer is capable of a quintillion calculations per second, and could deliver vast dividends in deep learning and big data across a variety of disciplines as varied as nuclear test research, code breaking, and weather forecasting.

“A complete computing system of the exascale supercomputer and its applications can only be expected in 2020, and will be 200 times more powerful than the country’s first petaflop computer Tianhe-1, recognized as the world’s fastest in 2010,” said Zhang Ting, an application engineer at Tianjin’s National Super Computer Center, to Xinhua news agency (via AFP).

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Apr 21, 2016

What Should the World Do With Its Nuclear Weapons? — By Joseph Cirincione | The Atlantic

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, governance, government, nuclear weapons, policy, weapons

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“At the possible brink of a new nuclear arms race, questions answered during the Cold War will need to be reopened.”

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Apr 24, 2015

Article: Harnessing “Black Holes”: The Large Hadron Collider – Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction

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Harnessing “Black Holes”: The Large Hadron Collider – Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction

Why the LHC must be shut down

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