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Airspace Near Area 51 Will Be Closed to News Helicopters and Drones During ‘Storm Area 51’ Shitshow

Airspace around Area 51 in Nevada will be closed to news helicopters and drones this week in anticipation of the so-called “Storm Area 51" event that started as a joke but has morphed into a potentially dangerous situation.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The FAA Will Ban Drones From Flying Near Nuclear Research Labs, for Some Reason

Oak Ridge. Y-12. Los Alamos. For drone operators it appears these and four other Department of Energy nuclear research facilities were theoretically places an unmanned aircraft could have been flown. And for the next week and a half that remains the case until new FAA restrictions take effect on December 29th.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How Physicists Recycled WWII Ships and Artillery to Unlock the Mysteries of the Universe

A million Russian artillery shells helped scientists discover the Higgs boson. And all over the world, remnants of World War II weapons are built into the most mysterious experiments in physics.In the mid-1990s, physicists needed tons of a metal strong enough to withstand the massive magnetic fields of the house-sized…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Tunnel Collapses at Nuclear Facility Once Called ‘an Underground Chernobyl Waiting to Happen’

Managers at the Hanford Site in Washington State told workers to “take cover” Tuesday morning after a tunnel leading to a massive plutonium finishing plant collapsed. The emergency is especially worrisome, since Hanford is commonly known as “the most toxic place in America,” with one former governor calling it “an…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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How America’s Secret Nuke Police Hunted For Dirty Bombs in the 1970s

Bomb threats have been a part of American life since at least the 19th century. But in the 1970s the types of threats shifted dramatically. The people making bomb threats in the US started to claim their bombs had nuclear materials. By 1975, the US started a new task force to deal with the threats, and we at Gizmodo…

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