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First Nuclear Detonation Created ‘Impossible’ Quasicrystals

Scientists searching for quasicrystals—so-called ‘impossible’ materials with unusual, non-repeating structures—have identified one in remnants of the world’s first nuclear bomb test. The previously unknown structure, made of iron, silicon, copper and calcium, probably formed from the fusion of vapourized desert sand and copper cables. Similar materials have been synthesized in…
bubmag
May 18, 2021
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Russia’s northernmost base projects its power across Arctic

During the Cold War, Russia's Nagurskoye airbase was little more than a runway, a weather station and a communications outpost in the Franz Josef Land archipelago. It was a remote and desolate home mostly for polar bears, where temperatures plunge in winter to minus-42 Celsius (43 degrees below zero Fahrenheit)…
bubmag
May 18, 2021
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Book of the week: Nuclear Folly

In Review Serhii Plokhy’s ‘gripping narrative’ reveals the bad decisions that led to the Cuban missile crisis Over two weeks in October 1962, the world came as close as it ever has to nuclear catastrophe, said Victor Sebestyen in the FT. The Cuban missile crisis was triggered by the CIA…
bubmag
May 14, 2021
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US pushes ahead with nuclear plans despite watchdog concerns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Biden administration appears to be picking up where former President Donald Trump left off as the federal agency that oversees U.S. nuclear research and bomb-making has approved the conceptual design and cost range for infrastructure investments for a multibillion-dollar project to manufacture key components for…
bubmag
April 29, 2021
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Climatists for Nukes

A farmer works in his field near the cooling towers at the nuclear power plant in Saint-Laurent-Nouan, France, in 2016. (Regis Duvignau/Reuters) A review of The Dark Horse: Nuclear Power and Climate Change, by Rauli Partanen and Janne Korhonen “It is an enduring mystery to me why it is that…
bubmag
April 24, 2021
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Syrian missile explodes near Israeli nuclear reactor, Israel retaliates

JERUSALEM — A missile launched from Syria was fired into southern Israel early Thursday, setting off air raid sirens near the country's top-secret nuclear reactor, the Israeli military said. In response, it said it attacked the missile launcher and air-defense systems in neighboring Syria. The incident, marking some of the…
bubmag
April 22, 2021