Going Nuclear

Uranium ore in the abandoned Hummer Mine, Paradox Valley, Colorado (detail). Image by Balazs Gardi. United States, 2017.
September 15, 2017 by Ben Mauk

The uranium boom reshaped the American southwest in the 1950s and 1960s. Ben Mauk reports on the industry's environmental legacy and economic future.

The Dukovany Nuclear Power Station. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Media Commons. Czech Republic, 2017.
September 12, 2017 by Sean Lyngaas

Hackers are targeting nuclear facilities around the world. Understanding why the nuclear sector's cyber defenses are vulnerable—and how leaders are responding—has never been more urgent.

Lieutenant Colonel Pang Myong Jin, of the Korean People's Army, inside the Demilitarized Zone in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Image by Evan Osnos. North Korea, 2017.
September 8, 2017 by Evan Osnos, Max Pinckers

Three days after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. is "locked and loaded" in its nuclear standoff with North Korea, I arrived in Pyongyang to meet the officials responsible for analyzing America.

The removal from Ghana of the highly enriched uranium core. Image courtesy of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Ghana, 2017.
August 31, 2017 by Richard Stone

An extraordinary collaboration between U.S. and Chinese nuclear scientists is setting the stage for greater cooperation between the two countries in addressing security threats.

Nuclear power
January 10, 2017 by Rachel Bronson, John Mecklin

Can and should nuclear power play a significant role in combating climate change?

April 4, 2016 by Kit R. Roane

Cold War scientists once worried that a nuclear war could plunge the world into a deadly ice age. But why, three decades later, does Nuclear Winter still resonate?

Russian army officers pose in front of a launch vehicle that once transported a Topol M intercontinental ballistic missile. The launcher is now at display at the Russian Defense Ministry's brand-new "Patriot Park," which also includes rockets, tanks and other armored vehicles that are particularly popular with small boys. Image by Rachel Oswald. Russia, 2015.
November 20, 2015 by Rachel Oswald

Ongoing U.S.-Russia tensions around Ukraine have spilled over into the nuclear weapons realm, putting at risk decades of post-Cold War effort to foster nuclear predictability, stability, and safety.

Image by Reese Erlich. Iran, 2015.
August 7, 2015 by Reese Erlich

The US fears Iran's nuclear program but the view from Tehran is far different. Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich goes beyond the stereotypes to get the view of ordinary Iranians.

Image by Daniel Sagalyn.
July 31, 2015 by Dan Sagalyn, Jamie McIntyre

The Pentagon plans to replace the current nuclear arsenal, including 12 new nuclear armed submarines in the coming decades. But can the United States afford this and is it necessary?

May 26, 2015 by Dan Zak

Seven decades ago the Marshall Islands felt what nuclear war would be like. This century they're grappling with the legacy of U.S. bomb tests—while staring down a new threat driven by climate change.

August 17, 2013 by David Hoffman, Eben Harrell

Tunnels in a mountain in Kazakhstan once used to test Soviet nuclear weapons contained enough plutonium for terrorists to construct dozens of atomic bombs.

September 3, 2012 by Eve Conant

As a global debate rages over nuclear power's future as a safe and clean energy source, Russia is aggressively pursuing nuclear expansion at home and abroad.