May 27, 2016

Key dates in the nuclear arms race

Here is a timeline of the development of nuclear weapons, as U.S. President Barack Obama pays a historic visit to the city of Hiroshima on Friday. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the only two cities to suffer an atomic bombing, carried out by U.S. planes ...

Hiroshima bombing: the morning the Earth shook

May 27, 2016

Hiroshima bombing: the morning the Earth shook

With a blinding flash of light and an ear-splitting roar, the age of nuclear conflict arrived with terrifying and awe-inspiring force on Aug. 6, 1945, changing the course of history, and killing 140,000 people. That morning was a run-of-the-mill one for most Hiroshima residents. ...

May 27, 2016

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and its effect on people

The atomic blast in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, killed 140,000 people; tens of thousands died instantly, while the rest succumbed to injuries or illness in the weeks, months and years afterwards. Ball of fire The first thing people noticed was an “intense ball ...

U.S. nuclear force still using 1970s floppy discs: GAO

May 26, 2016

U.S. nuclear force still using 1970s floppy discs: GAO

America’s nuclear force still uses floppy disks designed in the 1970s to coordinate some of its functions, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday. The report by the Government Accountability Office points to a number of worryingly outdated “legacy systems” still in use across ...