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Explaining the unimaginable: How do nuclear bombs work? via Extreme Tech

So, this is a bit of a touchy question. From the beginning, even before the true destructive and killing power of The Bomb was clear to its own creators, one thing was certain: Nobody should ever acquire nuclear weapons if those who do have them can help it. That may be a hypocritical stance for current nuclear powers to take — but they’re live hypocrites, so whatever.

The justified fear over nuclear technology led to the creation of one of the weirder bits of legislation: the classification of “born secret.” This refers to the fact that, under a certain reading of the law, information on the design and function of nuclear weapons is considered stolen classified information even if you come up with it yourself.

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