nuclear weapons

That time a pilot survived a B-52 airplane crash despite no obvious exit, no safe landing zone, and two failed parachute deployments – from a plane carrying 2 atomic bombs.

Stop me if you've heard this one before. A pilot survives a plane crash against all odds, despite having no exit point from the crashing plane, no safe zone to land in, and two failed parachute deployments on the way down. Did I mention the airplane was carrying two nuclear bombs? Did I mention one of the radioactive bombs is still buried under a cotton field- in North Carolina? The Operation Chrome Dome program January 1961 was just a typical day for the eight pilots aboard a B-52 bomber. Operation Chrome Dome was in full swing. For 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, multiple B-52 bombers carrying two Mark-39 hydrogen thermonuclear atomic bombs flew above the Northern Hemisphere, waiting for Russia to make a false

Russian authorities deny nuclear weapons explosion poses radiation risk but order residents to stay indoors and take iodine tablets.

Russian authorities are claiming it was a rocket explosion but residents in the area near the village of Nyonoksa in Arkhangelsk region say it is a nuclear weapons test facility – and today they had an explosion so large, nearby towns have been instructed to stay indoors and take iodine tablets. Shipping in a nearby bay was immediately closed off and the town of Severodvinsk (population 185,000) reported a spike in radiation levels. The Russian defense ministry initially claimed radiation levels in the area were normal before ultimately admitting to the explosion after a video of the event leaked on the Internet. Greenpeace is reporting radiation levels that are 20-times normal in areas as far as 20 miles from the accident site. The environmental group said

Thawing ice cap could release Cold War-era toxic waste dump buried under Greenland’s ice sheet

Researchers from York University in Canada and the University of Zurich released findings yesterday which reveal a terrifying consequence of global warming. According to the researchers, the thawing ice sheet in Greenland will expose several hundred thousand gallons of military waste including chemical, biological, and radioactive waste left over from Project Iceworm. The waste is stored in an abandoned Cold War-era U.S. military camp, Camp Century.  Camp Century was built underground in northwest Greenland in 1959 as part of Project Iceworm and tasked to research the feasibility of nuclear missile launch sites in the Arctic (under the guise of polar research, of course).  Denmark, which controlled Greenland at the time, granted the US permission to establish military bases there.  At the site, camp personnel stored an unknown amount of radioactive