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The Loudest Air Raid Siren Ever Built Used Chrysler V8 Engines To Warn Americans Of Impending Nuclear Doom

I’ve been recently thinking about the last time Americans seemed to have collectively lost their minds: the Cold War. Pondering this time period led me down a YouTube rabbit hole where I learned that during the chilliest portions of the Cold War, Chrysler V8s were used to power the loudest air raid sirens ever built. […]

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Civilization Creator Shoots Down Our Memories Of A Nuke-Happy Gandhi

It’s common knowledge that you don’t mess with Gandhi in Civilization. Despite the real Indian revolutionary’s dedication to peaceful resistance, his video game counterpart’s proclivity for threatening the player with nuclear weapons is infamous. A popular theory states that this was caused by a bug in the game’s…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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U.S. Space Force Conducts Its First Nuclear-Capable Missile Test

The U.S. tested a nuclear-capable missile overnight, launching an unarmed Minuteman III from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to the 30th Space Wing, which is now part of the newly organized United States Space Force.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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U.S. Space Force Conducts Its First Nuclear-Capable Missile Test

The U.S. tested a nuclear-capable missile overnight, launching an unarmed Minuteman III from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to the 30th Space Wing, which is now part of the newly organized United States Space Force.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The U.S. Tested A New Missile And We’re All Worse Off Because Of It

As 2019 rounded to a close, the United States tested a new missile that was up until just a few months ago prohibited by international treaty. The missile blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base and splashed down in a patch of the Pacific Ocean, signifying the end of an important arms control treaty signed […]

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Trump Is Either Telling Us We Have Superweapons More Powerful Than Nukes Or He Can’t Do Math (Or Both)

Twice in the last month, the President of the United States has claimed that the Pentagon has weapons even more powerful than nuclear weapons, with the ability to easily kill millions. He is either bluffing, confused, or is incapable of understanding the difference between conventional and nuclear weapons.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Don’t Name Your Beer For Nuking Somebody’s Home

A Texas-based beer company stirred up controversy earlier this month when it was revealed to have named a beer after the site of nuclear weapons tests. The Manhattan Project Beer Company recently re-released its Bikini Atoll beer, named after the site of U.S. nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific in the 1940s.…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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What Exactly Is Nuclear ‘No First Use’?

During the Democratic presidential debates this week, candidates wrestled with a particularly thorny national security issue: whether they would forsake the use of nuclear weapons first in a conflict. This policy, known as No First Use, is the policy of just a handful of the declared nuclear powers.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The Air Force Has Started Building the First B-21 Bomber, Which You Haven’t Even Seen Yet

The U.S. Air Force and defense contractor Northrop Grumman have begun construction of the first B-21 Raider bomber. The airplane, which will carry both conventional and nuclear payloads, is the U.S.’s first first new heavy bomber in more than thirty years. And despite a plane already being assembled, you haven’t seen…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The Only Full Scale Test of a Nuclear Missile Was 57 Years Ago

More than half a century ago this week, the United States conducted its only farm-to-table nuclear missile test. The test, code-named “Frigate Bird,” involved the launch of a Polaris missile from a submarine carrying a live nuclear warhead. The missile traveled a thousand miles before streaking down on an uninhabited…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Russia Says It Will Soon Have More Than 30 Nuclear Apocalypse Torpedoes: Report

Russian state news media is reporting that the country’s armed forces will receive more than thirty, long-range nuclear-tipped super-torpedoes. Named Poseidon, the super-torpedoes will be armed with thermonuclear warheads designed to obliterate coastal cities and other targets and spread lethal radioactive fallout.…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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President Trump Made a Fake Movie Trailer for Kim Jong Un with the Two Leaders as Heroes

President Trump and Kim Jong Un had a historic private meeting earlier today in Singapore. And while we don’t know exactly what was said between the two men, we do know that Trump played a video for Kim on his iPad. The video was created to look like a Hollywood movie trailer and it’s honestly […]

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Boeing Loses $20 Billion in Contracts After President Trump Violates Iran Deal

President Trump announced yesterday that he was unilaterally pulling the U.S. out of the so-called Iran Deal, an international agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for the cessation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But now that the sanctions are being reinstated, some American companies stand to lose…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This Is How The U.S. Makes Sure Its Nuclear Weapons Are ‘Safe’

Sandia National Labs is involved in some pretty intense science. Researchers there mainly focus on developing and researching non-nuclear components for America’s arsenal and have been, in some fashion, since Truman was president. They are experts in the delicate art of things that blow up. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Putin’s Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Is A Rehash Of A Doomsday Device Too Nuts To Build

Last week Vladimir Putin, a frequently shirtless equestrian ghoul who also happens to run the Country Formerly Known As The Soviet Union, gave a long, mildly unhinged state-of-Russia speech that made reference to a number of new Russian weapons systems, including an anti-Mar-A-Lago missile system and a nuclear-powered…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This Is What A Nuclear ‘Fizzle’ Looks Like

Nuclear bombs—with a few exceptions—are designed to create huge explosions. In some cases, they’re supposed to have extra bits and pieces in the service of making even HUGER (it’s a word now) explosions. Occasionally all of that fails, and what you get is called a “fizzle.” Here’s why it happens.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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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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