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The President and the Bomb, Part IV  15h02 08 janvier
Alex Wellerstein
It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything in my President and the Bomb series. You can read part I, II, and III if you are interested). It’s not that I’ve been inactive; much to the contrary, I’ve been researching this issue as one of my major research agendas, but most of that work has not [&]
Why NUKEMAP isn’t on Google Maps anymore  14h50 13 décembre
Alex Wellerstein
When I created the NUKEMAP in 2012, the Google Maps API was amazing.1 It was the best thing in town for creating Javascript mapping mash-ups, cost literally nothing, had an active developer community that added new features on a regular basis, and actually seemed like it was interested in people...
John Wheeler’s H-bomb Blues  17h25 03 décembre
Alex Wellerstein
It’s been forever since I’ve updated on here, and I wanted to let you know that not only have I not abandoned this blog project, I’m planning to do a lot more blogging in 2020. I ended up taking a mostly-hiatus from blogging this year both because I got totally overloaded with work in the spring [&]
Notes on the Hawaii false alarm, one year later  13h00 13 janvier
Alex Wellerstein
Today is the one-year anniversary of the Hawaii false alarm, in which the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) sent out a text alert to thousands of Americans in the Hawaiian islands that told them that a ballistic missile was incoming, that they should take shelter, and that THIS IS NOT A...
Cleansing thermonuclear fire  13h42 29 juin
Alex Wellerstein
What would it take to turn the world into one big fusion reaction, wiping it clean of life and turning it into a barren rock? Asking for a friend. One might wonder whether that kind of question presented itself while I was reading the news these days, and one would be entirely correct. But the...
A View from the Deep  13h50 10 mai
Alex Wellerstein
One of the several projects that has been keeping me busy for the past two years ( ) has finally come to fruition. I haven’t talked about it on here much, but I’ve been a co-curator at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, in New York City, helping develop a new exhibit about the submarine [&]
A purely military target? Truman’s changing language about Hiroshima  15h20 19 janvier
Alex Wellerstein
Some time ago, I wrote a blog post about a hypothesis I had regarding President Truman and the decision to use the atomic bomb. My basic thesis then (and continues to be) is that there is good reason to think that Truman did not understand that Hiroshima was a city with a military base in [&]
The Hawaii alert was an accident. The dread it inspired wasn’t.  14h05 16 janvier
Alex Wellerstein
I wrote a short piece for The Washington Post on the Hawaiian nuclear false alarm last Saturday. The Hawaiian incident was an unacceptable mistake, indicative of a poorly-designed system. False alarms are dangerous for a lot of reasons, not the least in that there will be a significant amount of...
2017 in review, and plans for 2018  16h58 08 janvier
Alex Wellerstein
Last fall was considerably more quiet on here than I intended it to be I have not stopped blogging; it was just a combination of being unusually busy (nobody could have known that starting new projects could be so complicated), and, if truth be told, I found 2017 as a whole an unusually difficult...
Global Hiroshima: Notes from a bullet train  10h33 07 août
Alex Wellerstein
I am writing this blog post while on a bullet train between Hiroshima and Kyoto, having spent the last seven days in the city that was, 72 years ago, destroyed by the first atomic bomb, but was reborn as something quite vibrant and alive. I intend to write several blog posts about my visit to [&]