Atomic

News

We Spoke to the Diver Who May Have Found a Lost Atomic Bomb in the Ocean

Sometimes when you're out looking for sea cucumbers all you find is nukes.
Mack Lamoureux
11.12.16
Weed

This Is the First Atomic-Level Image of the Weed Receptors in Your Brain

For the first time, researchers have an atomic-level image of the human “marijuana receptor.”
Daniel Oberhaus
10.22.16
Interviews

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: Mogwai Creates the Soundtrack to Hiroshima

Multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns talks about scoring the new atom bomb documentary 'Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise.'
Jonah Bayer
5.5.16
Features

Twilight of the Bomb

One of the last surviving Manhattan Project scientists returns to the crater of the first nuclear bomb on its 70th birthday.
Brian Merchant
8.6.15
politics

San Francisco's "Second Downtown" Is a Nuclear Dump

The kicker? The Navy refuses to investigate its own mess.
Derek Mead
2.25.14
Stuff

The Inconceivable Atomic Legacy of New Mexico

New Mexico is the "only state in the US supporting the entire cradle-to-grave nuclear economy," hosting uranium mining, nuclear weapons design and testing, the largest single arsenal of nuclear weapons, and—to the consternation of many—the country's...
Samuel Gilbert
2.24.14
Motherboard Blog

This 1951 Cartoon Is a Delightfully Insane Way to Prepare Children for Nuclear War

Real threats of death mix with paranoia, and a cartoon turtle tells us hiding in our shell will make it all go away.
Derek Mead
8.19.13
videos

Edward Teller, the Real Dr. Strangelove

He would be more vilified than any other American scientist in the 20th century, but he always dismissed his critics as naive or unpatriotic or unaware of what science actually is.
ALEX PASTERNACK
8.16.13
Motherboard Blog

How the AEC Sold America on Building with Nuclear Bombs

The absurd simplicity of the whole idea — Fuck shovels and dynamite, let’s use nukes — hearkens back to the techno-optimism of the 50s.
Derek Mead
11.2.12
Motherboard Blog

Fukashima Is Chernobyl

On the International Nuclear Event Scale, a Level 7 nuclear accident - a la Chernobyl, the worst in history - involves “widespread health and environmental effects” and the “external release of a significant fraction of the reactor core inventory...
ALEX PASTERNACK
4.12.11
videos

The Atomic Trucker: How a Truck Driver "Rebuilt" the Atomic Bomb

A truck-driver with minimal college education, Coster-Mullen taught himself how to build the most detailed replica of an A-bomb ever made.
ALEX PASTERNACK
3.30.11
Documentary

Adam Curtis' "A Is For Atom": A Documentary About the Risky Business of Nuclear Energy

The "design":http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2011/03/20/out_of_options/ of many of the world's nuclear reactors - like the one at the center of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant - were thought to be risky from very early on. But warnings...
Videodrome
3.25.11