Tag Archives: Los Alamos

The Day the Sun Rose Twice: A Tour of Atomic New Mexico via The New York TimesThe Day the Sun Rose Twice:  Tour of Atomic New Mexico

The Southwestern state was central to the development of nuclear weapons. When the testing ground for the first detonation recently reopened for visitors, a writer decided to confront that difficult history. By Nina Burleigh Published Nov. 4, 2022Updated Nov. 8, 2022, 12:49 p.m. ET … Continue reading

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Nuclear weapons development coming soon to Los Alamos National Laboratory amid safety concerns via Carlsbad Current Argus

Adrian Hedden A main component of nuclear weapons was poised to be built in New Mexico after federal regulators granted approval for a plan to prepare Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the work. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), … Continue reading

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Dangerous radioactive hot particles span the globe via Beyond Nuclear International

By Cindy Folkers When reactors exploded and melted down at the Fukushima nuclear power complex in March 2011, they launched radioactivity from their ruined cores into the unprotected environment.  Some of this toxic radioactivity was in the form of hot … Continue reading

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The Atomic-Bomb Core That Escaped World War II via The Atlantic

In 1946, shortly after the end of World War II, the physicist Louis Slotin stood in front of a low table at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, concentrating intensely on the object in front of him. His left thumb was … Continue reading

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Los Alamos museum refuses to host A-bomb exhibit, citing stance on nuclear abolition via The Japan Times

LOS ANGELES – The executive director of a museum in the town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, said Friday that it will not host a traveling exhibition focused on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as planned due to concerns … Continue reading

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New health survey at nuclear test site details decades of illnesses, deaths via The Santa Fe New Mexican

More than 70 years after the detonation of the first atomic bomb, residents of Southern New Mexico who were unwittingly exposed to the fallout, as well as their descendants and advocates, have released a new report that details the decades … Continue reading

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The Toxic Legacy of Racism and Nuclear Waste Is Very Much Still With Us in Los Alamos via Alternet

By Taryn Fivek NEW MEXICO—The air is crisp, cool and fresh. The sun is warm, but not too much. Residents picnic at a pond complete with cruising swans and ducks. The vistas of the Jemez Mountains and the mesas of … Continue reading

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The Demon Core and the Strange Death of Louis Slotin via The New Yorker

The demonstration began on the afternoon of May 21, 1946, at a secret laboratory tucked into a canyon some three miles from Los Alamos, New Mexico, the birthplace of the atom bomb. Louis Slotin, a Canadian physicist, was showing his … Continue reading

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Los Alamos team visits Japan to gain perspective on atomic bombings via Santa Fe/New Mexican

[…] Despite the shared history between Los Alamos and the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where another bomb was dropped on Aug. 9, 1945, New Mexico residents “don’t hear a lot about the Japanese perspective,” said Judith Stauber, director … Continue reading

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How Do You Find Plutonium? Go To Nuclear Inspector School via NPR

No names. No pictures. No direct conversation. And don’t touch the plutonium. Those were the ground rules before NPR was allowed a rare opportunity to see nuclear inspectors learning their craft. The inspectors came from the International Atomic Energy Agency, … Continue reading

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