Last week The Board took a look at the basic concepts behind standoff range weapons and delved into the history of the AGM-28 Hound Dog missile. The much-loved Hound Dog was a remarkable technological achievement, but it had one major problem. It was simply too big. The B-52 could carry only two AGM-28’s. Even though […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Second Generation Standoff"
The Long-Rang Stand-Off cruise missile (LRSO) is the second most controversial part of the Obama-Era Stockpile Stewardship nuclear weapons program. I suppose I should say it’s by now the most controversial program because the B61 Mod-12 program is nearing completion. The Air Force has a pending order for the system and is scheduled to decide between […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Standoff Range"
Your dog shouldn’t have to learn about these things in the streets.Read more "Because Your Dog is Important"
Almost every field of scientific research was considered relevant to the Cold War, including climate science. Some of the best data about changes in ice coverage and thickness in the Arctic comes from the US Navy. Careful study of the Arctic ice became relevant with the development of submarines powered by nuclear reactors and closed […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Icebreaker"
If you asked a bunch of people to write down an equation associated with nuclear physics, those who could write anything at all would most likely write down E=mc2 Einstein’s most famous equation. You’d get different results if you asked at a university physics department, and I’d probably write down a beta decay reaction But […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Lise Meitner and The Meme Equation"
I wasn’t the church-going kind of kid, but the devil-fightin’ preachers of the late seventies and early eighties still managed to reach me. They had a powerful tool, the cassette tape, and earnest young teen followers fighting to win the world for some strange kind of Christ. End Times prophecy and Satanic conspiracies were everywhere. As someone […]Read more "Selling Satan on Cassette"
You probably don’t remember when you learned that the atom has a nucleus. You saw so many depictions of the atom with its compact nucleus that it seems like nothing special. It’s kid stuff, Right? They teach about it in elementary school. How hard could it be? But the discovery of the nucleus was unexpected, […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: The Nucleus is New"