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  • Russia Sharply Expanding Nuclear Arsenal, Upgrading Underground Facilities

    12/13/2017 5:19:08 PM PST · by familyop · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 13, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    Pentagon to boost U.S. weapons under nuclear posture review Russia is aggressively building up its nuclear forces and is expected to deploy a total force of 8,000 warheads by 2026 along with modernizing deep underground bunkers, according to Pentagon officials. The 8,000 warheads will include both large strategic warheads and thousands of new low-yield and very low-yield warheads to circumvent arms treaty limits and support Moscow's new doctrine of using nuclear arms early in any conflict. In addition to expanding its warheads, Russia also is fortifying underground facilities for command and control during a nuclear conflict. One official said the...
  • Laser-driven technique for creating fusion is now within reach, say researchers

    12/13/2017 9:29:46 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 13, 2017 | Provided by: University of New South Wales
    A laser-driven technique for creating fusion that dispenses with the need for radioactive fuel elements and leaves no toxic radioactive waste is now within reach, say researchers. Dramatic advances in powerful, high-intensity lasers are making it viable for scientists to pursue what was once thought impossible: creating fusion energy based on hydrogen-boron reactions. And an Australian physicist is in the lead, armed with a patented design and working with international collaborators on the remaining scientific challenges. In a paper in the scientific journal Laser and Particle Beams today, lead author Heinrich Hora from the University of New South Wales in...
  • North Korea Has Already Hinted At Another Test Much More Dangerous Than An ICBM

    11/30/2017 2:36:03 PM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11-29-2017 | Alex Lockie
    North Korea launched its most capable missile on Tuesday, displaying a range that could most likely reach the US mainland — but the country has already hinted at a more dangerous test. In its state media, North Korea routinely swears to conduct missile tests and complete a missile program that can strike the US with nuclear weapons. But after US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea in a speech to the UN this summer, Pyongyang laid out another goal. North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said in September that the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, could...
  • 'Forget It': Bolton Says US Running Out Of Diplomatic Options With North Korea

    11/29/2017 1:18:33 PM PST · by blam · 65 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 11-29-2017
    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said today that the diplomatic options are running out after North Korea fired a new kind of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The rogue dictator Kim Jong Un boasted that the Hwasong-15 can be armed with a nuclear warhead and could strike the U.S. mainland. The ICBM was fired at 2:48 a.m. local time on Wednesday, the regime said, traveling 596 miles and demonstrating the potential to reach a range of 8,100 miles. Bolton said this test-launch is "significant" because, if the early estimates are confirmed, it leaves no doubt that Pyongyang is "getting very close"...
  • Lightning, with a chance of antimatter

    11/29/2017 11:01:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Kyoto University ^ | 27 November | Kyoto University
    Japanese netizens help scan lightning for gamma rays Japan -- A storm system approaches: the sky darkens, and the low rumble of thunder echoes from the horizon. Then without warning... Flash! Crash! -- lightning has struck. This scene, while familiar to anyone and repeated constantly across the planet, is not without a feeling of mystery. But now that mystery has deepened, with the discovery that lightning can result in matter-antimatter annihilation. In a collaborative study appearing in Nature, researchers from Japan describe how gamma rays from lightning react with the air to produce radioisotopes and even positrons -- the antimatter...
  • Report Of 'Extremely High' Radioactive Pollution Suggests Nuclear Cloud Came From Russia

    11/21/2017 9:19:17 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/21/17 | Alec Luhn
    Russia's meteorological service has reported “extremely high pollution” of a radioactive isotope in the Urals near a facility that previously suffered the third worst nuclear catastrophe in history. The news bolsters international reports that a ruthenium-106 leak originating in the Urals sent a radioactive cloud over Europe. Greenpeace Russia has said it will ask the prosecutor general to investigate the possible cover-up of a nuclear accident. Rosatom, Russia's state nuclear company, said in a statement to The Telegraph on Tuesday there had been "no unreported accidents" and the ruthenium-106 emission was "not linked to any Rosatom site". Its Mayak facility,...
  • Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

    11/20/2017 9:01:50 AM PST · by NRx · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-20-2017 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, returning the rogue nation to a list from which it had been removed during the George W. Bush administration. North Korea had been removed from the list under the George W. Bush administration in an attempt to salvage negotiations for a nuclear deal. The president made the announcement at the White House on Monday morning. North Korea will join Sudan, Syria and Iran as countries that the State Department identifies as ones that have “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” Administration officials...
  • Trump offers North Korea a nuclear deal

    11/16/2017 2:39:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | November 7, 2017 | Kim Jae Won
    SEOUL -- During his first visit to South Korea, President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that North Korea enter into talks over scrapping its nuclear and missile programs, apparently keeping the door open for dialogue with Pyongyang after months of tough talk on both sides. The U.S. president called on China and Russia to play roles in ending the Kim Jong Un regime's nuclear weapons program, urging both countries to cease trade and business with the belligerent communist nation. Trump is due in Beijing on Wednesday following his two-day visit to South Korea. "I really believe that it makes sense...
  • North Korea Says It May Give Up Nuclear Weapons If U.S. Abandons Them First

    11/15/2017 10:09:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 15, 2017 | Tom O’Connor, Newsweek
    North Korea suggested Wednesday it may be open to giving up its nuclear weapons, but only if the U.S. did so first. Ruling Korean Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a commentary Wednesday in which the country's authoritarian leadership challenged President Donald Trump to reverse his support for a bigger, stronger U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal and adopt a non-proliferation policy. North Korea has argued its weapons of mass destruction stockpile was necessary only to prevent the U.S. from overthrowing the government of Kim Jong Un, which the U.S. has threatened to do by force if he did not abandon his...
  • Russian nuclear energy conquers the world.

    11/15/2017 6:49:38 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    pravda, nuclear one ^ | 22 Jan 2013 | Dmitriy Sudakov
    This week, Rosatom became the owner of 100 percent of shares of Canadian uranium company Uranium One, which operates in Kazakhstan… Rosatom will be able to consolidate control over uranium assets in the former Soviet Union and pave the way for the expansion of access to resources in Australia and South Africa.
  • MAn Who Facilitated Corrupt Payments to Russian Nuke Energy Off Sentenced for Money Laundering

    11/14/2017 2:13:58 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Dept of Justice ^ | 11-14-22017 | DOJ
    A New Jersey businessman was sentenced to a year and one day in prison for Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering in connection with his role in arranging corrupt payments to influence the awarding of contracts with the Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation. The sentence was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning for the District of Maryland; Special Agent in Charge Angela Sigler of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG); and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew G. Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Boris Rubizhevsky, 67, of...
  • As North Korean threat grows, Hawaii prepares for nuclear attack

    11/10/2017 8:50:05 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Friday, November 10, 2017 | Jaweed Kaleem
    For decades, the wail of the nuclear bomb warning siren was ubiquitous in U.S. cities. Public service commercials drilled the "duck and cover" mantra into the minds of Americans, and the possibility of a Soviet attack was always around the corner. But after the Cold War, most places abandoned their sirens. Fears of terrorism grew more urgent and, for many younger Americans, being on notice for nuclear war became a relic of the past. That's no longer the case in Hawaii. Amid increasing North Korean threats against the U.S., Hawaii has launched the most aggressive effort in the country to...
  • Corker to hold hearing on president's nuclear weapons authority

    11/08/2017 4:52:48 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 73 replies
    Corker to hold hearing on president's nuclear weapons authority By Brandon Carter - 11/08/17 07:41 PM EST Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced Wednesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would hold a hearing next week on “the executive’s authority to use nuclear weapons.” “A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and conducting foreign policy overall,” Corker said in a statement announcing the Nov. 14 hearing. “This continues a series of hearings to examine these issues and...
  • North Korea Tells Europe to Relax, as Kim's Nuclear Missiles Target Only U.S.

    11/08/2017 9:53:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | November 8, 2017 | Tom O'Connor
    North Korea responded Wednesday to European concerns about being in the path of Pyongyang's potentially nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) by assuring the leader of Western military alliance NATO that such weapons were only intended for the U.S. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said during an interview last week with Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun that "Europe has also entered the [North Korean] missile range, and NATO member states are already in danger." North Korea's ruling party-run Rodong Shinmun newspaper countered these claims, calling Stoltenberg's remarks "false and groundless" because, although European states are indeed in North Korea's missile range, Pyongyang has...
  • Trump visits Hawaii as islands prepare against potential North Korea nuclear threat

    11/03/2017 3:23:10 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    Sky News ^ | Friday, November 3, 2017 | Greg Milam
    The trip is Donald Trump's first to the Pacific state, which residents fear could be in the firing line of a North Korean missile. Image: Hawaiians fear they may be in the firing line if the war of words escalates Donald Trump will arrive in Hawaii later as the islands step up emergency preparations to deal with a possible nuclear strike from North Korea. The US President is making his first visit to the country's Pacific outpost en route to a critical 12-day swing through Asia. And Hawaiians are growing increasingly nervous that Mr Trump's war of words with Kim...
  • Kim’s Disaster: North Korean Nuclear Base Collapses, Killing at Least 200 People

    10/31/2017 11:37:58 AM PDT · by righttackle44 · 48 replies
    Western Journalism [Compliation] ^ | October 31, 2017 | Jack Davis
    [This is a news brief from an e-mail compilation]: Information emerging from furtive North Korea indicates that a tunnel at the regime’s nuclear test site collapsed last month after a nuclear test, killing about 200 people. A report from Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi, citing unnamed sources, said 100 people were killed in an initial collapse around Sept. 10, and another 100 died in a rescue operation. Other reports put the date of the collapse as Oct. 10. No official North Korean announcement was made about the date of the collapse. North Korea’s massive Sept. 3 test caused multiple tremors and...
  • North Korea nuclear disaster kills at least 200 after tunnel collapse at Kim Jong-un's base

    10/31/2017 4:03:34 AM PDT · by jjotto · 47 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | 31 OCT 2017 | Patrick Lion & Chris Kitching
    It's understood that 100 people were trapped in underground tunnels, and a further collapse occurred during the rescue operation, suggesting that a total of 200 people may have been killed At least 200 people have been killed at Kim Jong-un's nuclear test site in North Korea after a tunnel collapsed. A news agency quoted a North Korean official as saying that a collapse occurred during the construction of an underground tunnel at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the northeast of North Korea on October 10. According to the report, 100 people were trapped in underground tunnels, and a further...
  • Japanese Official Warns North Korean Threat Critical, Imminent

    10/23/2017 12:27:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 23, 2017 | Gordon Lubold
    Japan’s defense minister said the threat posed by North Korea has grown to an “unprecedented, critical and imminent level,” reflecting a rising sense of urgency over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told counterparts from South Korea and the U.S. at a gathering of defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations here that Japan supports the American position that “all options are on the table”-
  • U.S. Ready To Put 'Nuclear Bombers On 24-hour Alert' For First Time Since Cold War

    10/23/2017 5:15:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/23/17 | Abigail Miller
    US Air Force is prepping nuclear-armed bombers to be on 24-hour alert Armed B-52s will be parked at Barksdale Air Force for the first time since 1991Weapons will be ready to take off at a moment's notice if they get the command  The United States Air Force will put its ageing fleet of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since the end of the Cold War, according to its chief of staff.  Amid rising tensions with North Korea and a resurgent Putin-led Russia, General David Goldfein told Defense One that the strategic bomber force will be...
  • Air Force preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready-to-fly alert: report

    10/22/2017 5:25:53 PM PDT · by be-baw · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2017 | Jennifer Harper
    The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991 according to a report released Sunday by Defense One. “If the order comes, the B-52s will return to a ready-to-fly posture not seen since the Cold War,” reported Marcus Weisgerber, global business editor for the industry publication, noting that “long-dormant” runway areas on certain bases could once again be a home to fully loaded B-52s, ready to fly at a moment’s notice. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen....