Scientists were hoping for giant flash on the moon that would intimidate the Soviet Union
Aim of mission was to launch the nuke by 1959
Plan was later scrapped due to possible danger to people on Earth
It may sound like a plot straight out of a science fiction novel, but a U.S. mission to blow up the moon with a nuke was very real in the 1950s.
At the height of the space [...]
(Reuters) – Vladimir Putin praised Cold War-era scientists on Thursday for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets so that United States would not be the world’s sole atomic power, in comments reflecting his vision of Russia as a counterweight to U.S. power.
Spies with suitcases full of data helped the Soviet Union build its atomic bomb, he told military commanders.
“You know, when the States already had nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union was only building [...]
(Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog is expected this week to issue its most detailed report yet on research in Iran seen as geared to developing atomic bombs, heightening international suspicions of Tehran’s agenda and stoking Middle East tensions.
Western powers are likely to seize on the International Atomic Energy Agency document, which has been preceded by media speculation in Israel of military strikes against Iranian nuclear sites, to press for more [...]
Via Brian Rogers of Fator Securities – Notes From The Sales Desk
“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” – Thomas Sowell
The EUR lives to fight another day
The big news this morning, aside from the relatively strong economic data out of the [...]
by George Washington
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is pulling the plug on continuous monitoring of the Japanese nuclear crisis because:
The conditions at the Japanese reactors are slowly stabilizing.
I hope they are stabilizing. But as I noted last month:
The Japanese government and Tepco claim that the nuclear reactors are “stable” and that radiation releases have subsided to low levels.
But world renowned physicist Michio Kaku – who studied [...]
It’s the Greatest Financial Scandal of Our Time, and the U.S. Government’s Triple-A Rating Is the Most Scandalous of All:
Nearly a year ago, I publicly challenged S&P, Moody’s and Fitch to downgrade the long-term debt of the United States government — to help protect investors and prod Washington to fix its finances. (Go to this page for the challenge, and here for the press release.)
In a moment, I’ll [...]
There is no ‘safe‘ exposure to radiation | The Salt Lake Tribune
Radiation from Japan is now detectable in the atmosphere, rain water and food chain in North America. Fukushima reactors are still out of control and hold 10 times more nuclear fuel than there was at Chernobyl, thousands of times more than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The official refrain is, “No worries here, perfectly harmless.” Our best [...]
* Radioactive traces headed eastwards from Japan
* Tiny amounts far below harmful levels – experts
* Reykjavik first detection in Europe
By Fredrik Dahl
VIENNA, March 22 (Reuters) – Miniscule amounts of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected as far away as Iceland, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
They stressed the tiny traces of iodine — measured by a network of international monitoring [...]
The markets love econometricians. This is when effective bail-out needs meets to the level sustaining Austerity ratios. Hence, ECB along with IMF and Ireland, and countries yet discovered in also needing assistance.
The DANGEROUS Atom Bomb lays with the potential fall-out if congress has truly shut the door on extending the unemployment benefits for millions of folks coming into December. If Congress, along with the President does not go back [...]