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Nuclear weapons continue to pose a serious health risk in Europe
Nuclear weapons in various European countries, particularly Russia, pose a serious threat to health, argues a letter in this week's BMJ. (2005-07-21)

Tackling the threat of nuclear terrorism
The only effective way to tackle the threat of nuclear terrorism is to abolish nuclear weapons and establish strict international control of all fissile materials that could be used to make new weapons, argue three US physicians in this week's BMJ. (2002-02-07)

Can we track the world's nuclear weapons?
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has unveiled an interactive infographic that tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in the nine nuclear weapon states: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea. (2015-03-03)

Experts warn of the possible collapse of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime
Iraq might not have been hiding Weapons of Mass Destruction, but that hasn't stopped experts worrying that such terrible weapons may spread, and that nuclear weapons are no longer being used for security alone, but for deterrence. Worse, there is good reason to fear the possible collapse of the NPT regime, according to a group of experts assembled for a book published this month, (2006-11-01)

Aug. 11 symposium on war US nuclear strategy after the Cold War
The National Academy of Sciences' Committee on International Security and Arms Control will host a public symposium to discuss how the United States should manage its nuclear arsenal in the post-Cold War world. (2004-08-04)

UGA Center for International Trade and Security receives more than $3 million for WMD research
The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) at the University of Georgia recently received more than $3 million in new grants and contracts for research on issues surrounding weapons of mass destruction. The new grants and contracts come over the next three years from the Carnegie Corporation, the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Energy for research on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. (2002-11-18)

More than 470 physicists sign petition to oppose US policy on nuclear attack
More than 470 physicists, including seven Nobel laureates, have signed a petition to oppose a new US Defense Department proposal that allows the United States to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states. (2005-10-25)

Nuclear energy programs do not increase likelihood of proliferation, Dartmouth study finds
Contrary to popular thought, nuclear proliferation is not more likely to occur among countries with nuclear energy programs, according to research published in International Security. In a historical analysis of the relationship between nuclear energy programs and proliferation from 1954 to 2000, the study finds that the link between the two has been overstated. (2017-11-06)

APS disappointed in NRC rejection of petition urging barriers to proliferation
The APS is disappointed in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's rejection of its petition urging barriers to proliferation of nuclear fuel technologies. (2013-05-31)

The Health Consequences Of Nuclear Arms Trade In The Subcontinent Should Not Be Overlooked
Professor Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta from the Aga Khan University in Pakistan laments the building of the nuclear arms race in the subcontinent and writes that (1998-08-07)

$500,000 award to fight clandestine nuclear activity
As part of a broad international effort to eliminate the testing of nuclear weapons, engineers at the University of Texas at Austin were awarded $511,000 from the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration to research better methods for monitoring and detecting covert nuclear tests. (2008-11-03)

New analysis suggests an overhaul of strategies on nuclear weapons
In a new book, an MIT political scientist examines the multiple political uses of nuclear weapons. (2014-05-28)

Risk-based approaches to security at DOE nuclear weapons facilities -- new report
The US Department of Energy's costs for securing its facilities that house nuclear weapons and material have increased from $550 million in 2002 to around $930 million in 2010. (2011-03-23)

Probing what happens to plutonium in a nuclear explosion
For years, research on nuclear weapons has relied on old data, limited experiments and computer modeling. But this year, that pattern has changed. Scientists have run new experiments that simulate what happens to plutonium in a nuclear explosion, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. The research will deepen scientists' understanding of the element -- and help them analyze a nuclear event should one occur. (2015-06-10)

Action needed now to curb biological warfare
Swift action is needed to curb the prospect of disease being deliberately applied for military or terrorist purposes through biological warfare, writes Stephen Pullinger, director of the International Security Information Service in this week's BMJ. (2000-04-20)

Neglected infection control is better investment than nuclear weaponry
For a tiny fraction of the cost of maintaining a nuclear arsenal, the 11 nuclear power states (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Iran and possibly Syria) could eliminate neglected infections within their borders -- which account for up to 50 percent of the global disease burden -- and beyond, says a new editorial published April 27 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (2010-04-27)

Academy meeting examines responsibility of scientists in age of nuclear weapons & global security
The New York Academy of Sciences and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Columbia University, are co-sponsoring an event, (2005-10-19)

Historic Soviet nuclear test site offers insights for today's nuclear monitoring
Newly published data from the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site, the Soviet Union's primary nuclear weapons testing ground during the Cold War, can help today's atomic detectives fine-tune their monitoring of nuclear explosions around the world, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America. (2008-04-17)

Nuclear war between India and Pakistan would launch a global climate catastrophe
With ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan raising concerns about the possibility of nuclear conflict, even as neither country is likely to initiate without significant provocation, researchers have evaluated both the direct fatalities and global climate anomalies that would result if nuclear war did break out. The researchers evaluated this scenario for the year 2025. (2019-10-02)

Eliminating the threat of nuclear arms
President Barack Obama has made his intention of eliminating all nuclear weapons a tenet of his administration's foreign policy. Professor Sidney Drell, a US theoretical physicist and arms-control expert, explains in February's Physics World what Obama needs to do to make that honorable intention a reality. (2009-02-04)

Israeli public supports middle east nuclear free zone: UMD poll
Nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews, 64 percent, favor establishing a nuclear free zone in the Middle East - even when it's spelled out that this would mean both Israel and Iran would have to forego nuclear weapons - says a new University of Maryland poll. The research is a joint project of the Sadat Chair at UMD and the Program on International Policy Attitudes. Pressure for such a nuclear free zone has grown with the potential for Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon, the researchers say. (2011-12-01)

Study urges dual track US nuclear weapons policy
The United States must re-establish its global leadership in nuclear arms control while continuing to update its nuclear arsenal as necessary, but it should not add any new nuclear capabilities in the process, a joint working group of scientists and policy experts says in a study meant to inform decision making by the incoming Obama administration. (2008-12-10)

Physicians warn of nuclear terrorist threat
In the aftermath of September 11, the threat of nuclear terrorism is among the most real - and most dire - of our country's current public health concerns, according to a report in the Feb. 8 issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which estimates that a Hiroshima-scale nuclear explosion on a ship in port in New York City would result in more than 250,000 deaths. (2002-02-11)

Nuclear war between India and Pakistan could kill millions worldwide
More than 100 million people could die immediately if India and Pakistan wage a nuclear war, followed by global mass starvation, according to a Rutgers co-authored study. ''Such a war would threaten not only the locations where bombs might be targeted but the entire world,'' said Alan Robock, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. (2019-10-02)

Putting an end to nuclear test explosions
Nuclear tests have caused public concern ever since the first test was conducted more than six decades ago. Over 2000 nuclear test explosions have been conducted to date by eight states to support the development of nuclear weapon systems. (2009-02-27)

Thorium reactors may dispose of enormous amounts of weapons-grade plutonium
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a new technology for multipurpose application of large amounts of weapons-grade plutonium accumulated in Russia and across the world. Instead of expensive storage of this nuclear material, TPU physicists propose to burn weapons-grade plutonium in reactors with thorium fuel, converting it into power and thermal energy. The units are capable of operating at low capacity (from 60 MW) at least 10-20 years. (2018-01-19)

APS physicists release nuclear downsizing report
The American Physical Society, the world's leading organization of physicists, has released a report identifying technical steps that will help the US achieve its goals to downsize the nuclear arsenal, prevent the spread of atomic bombs and keep the stockpile safe and secure. (2010-02-18)

Nuclear weapons' surprising contribution to climate science
Nuclear weapons testing may at first glance appear to have little connection with climate change research. But key Cold War research laboratories and the science used to track radioactivity and model nuclear bomb blasts have today been re-purposed by climate scientists. The full story appears in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE. (2012-07-13)

Screening for security
If you're looking for concealed weapons these days, you need more than x-ray machines and metal detectors. You want something that also will identify non-metallic weapons, or any other threatening object that may be concealed under clothing. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed an innovative screening technology that uses harmless, ultrahigh-frequency radio waves to penetrate clothing and can quickly identify plastic explosives and other types of weapons. (2005-08-30)

Opening the doors to Iran's nuclear program
Opening Iran's national uranium enrichment plant to multinational involvement could limit the long-term risks of Iran's nuclear program as restrictions on it expire, according to this Policy Forum. (2015-06-18)

Using building materials to monitor for high enriched uranium
A new paper details how small samples of ubiquitous building materials, such as tile or brick, can be used to test whether a facility has ever stored high enriched uranium, which can be used to create nuclear weapons. The technique could serve as a valuable forensic tool for national or international efforts related to nuclear nonproliferation and security. (2019-07-15)

Tiny wafer developed by K-state professor
Research by a Kansas State University professor may help fight the war on terrorism by making it easier to detect weapons of mass destruction -- in particular nuclear weapons. When fully developed these neutron detector devices could assist international weapons inspectors detect the presence of unauthorized nuclear weapons and materials, such as those alleged to be in Iraq's possession. (2002-11-15)

Experts call for strong regulation and peer review of military and civilian nuclear programs
All nuclear energy and weapons programs should be independently regulated and subject to rigorous peer review, according to three experts on nuclear policy - Sidney Drell, George Shultz and Steven Andreasen. Their comments and recommendations are published in the June 8 issue of the journal Science. (2012-06-07)

Search for weapons of mass destruction expands to East Africa
The United States government is expanding a 20-year-old program to secure and help destroy Cold War-era nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction to an unlikely area of the world -- East Africa, according to an article in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS's weekly newsmagazine. (2011-04-13)

Obama and the opportunity to eliminate nuclear weapons
The abolition of nuclear devices is the ultimate medical issue and US President-elect Barack Obama needs the help of physicians around the world to do this, writes renowned author Dr. Helen Caldicott in a Jan. 20 editorial in CMAJ. (2009-01-19)

New weapons detail reveals true depth of Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile Crisis took place 50 years ago this October, when US and Soviet leaders pulled back from the very brink of nuclear war. This was the closest the world has come to nuclear war, but exactly how close has been a matter of some speculation. (2012-10-12)

Americans perceive likelihood of nuclear weapons risk as 50/50 tossup
It has been 30 years since the end of the Cold War, yet on average, Americans still perceive that the odds of a nuclear weapon detonating on U.S. soil is as likely as a coin toss, according to new research from Stevens Institute of Technology. (2020-01-22)

Bricks can act as 'cameras' for characterizing past presence of radioactive materials
Researchers have developed a technique for determining the historical location and distribution of radioactive materials, such as weapons grade plutonium. The technique may allow them to use common building materials, such as bricks, as a three-dimensional 'camera,' relying on residual gamma radiation signatures to take a snapshot of radioactive materials even after they've been removed from a location. (2020-03-26)

Prominent US physicists ask Congress to forbid use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states
Twenty-two of the nation's most prominent physicists asked Congress today to restrict the authority of President Bush to order nuclear strikes against non-nuclear-weapon states. (2007-02-01)

More harm than good: Assessing the nuclear arsenal tipping point
First study of its kind shows how detrimental nuclear attack would be for the aggressor nation. (2018-06-13)

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