Devices designed to create extremely large explosions by exploiting nuclear processes within atoms. Fission devices use energy released by slitting large nuclei; fusion devices use the energy released by merging small nuclei. Many devices use fission to trigger fusion.

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Does Iran already have a nuclear bomb? [closed]

What makes Iran unable to develop nukes in their military sites? Why is the IAEA not able to inspect Iran's military sites? Does Iran already have nukes? If so how could we ever know (while we have ...
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Were the Dene people unaware they had mined ore for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki until the 1990s?

From a web project called The Forbidden Rock Prophecy (elsewhere it claims the atomic bombs were prophesied): Nor did they know what the materials they carried would be used for. So in addition ...
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Are nuclear warheads sold on the black market?

VICE news has published a video where they claim to be following up on a story of a French journalist who set up an arms deal: supposedly he bought (or at least set everything in place so that he ...
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Do ~25% of Japanese people believe that USSR dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

I have heard this claim a few times from some random people, and recently came across it in pravda.ru as well: from "Japan will never forgive USA" There is such a statistics: 25 per cent of young ...
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Is it plausible that one of the explosions at TianJin was of nuclear origin? [closed]

Geopolitics.co claims that one of the explosions at TianJin was of nuclear origin. So there you have it, the ‘smoking gun’ evidence of a nuke is to be found among the smoking wreckage of those ...
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Is measuring the size of a nuclear cloud with your thumb a good survival indicator? [closed]

Due to the upcoming release of Fallout 4, I've stumbled upon several claims about the stance of the iconic Vault Boy : Basically, those stated that the Vault Boy was doing the following : If ...
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Did Turkey and Greece attempt to gain control of NATO nuclear weapons to use on each other during the Cyprus crisis of 1963-1964?

The following quote from an article on arstechnica.com, talking about PAL codes required for arming US nuclear missles, states that Turkey and Greece were attempting to gain control of nuclear weapons ...
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Is this a video from the Tsar bomb?

You can find several videos showing the detonation of the Tsar bomb, a Soviet nuclear weapon (strongest ever tested). Most of them are bad quality and look very old. But also you can find this video: ...
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Is this tweet about classes one month after the Hiroshima bombing, and the 2011 tsunami accurate?

https://twitter.com/TheKnowledge/status/593936133358276609 Japan. Top: One Month After Hiroshima, 1945. Bottom: One Month After The Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011. Incredible. Are the images ...
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Did Hiroshima change the layout of its streets subsequent to the war?

The following anecdote has gone viral, seen as a gaffe by someone ignorant of the atomic bombing of the city. From The morning catch-up: a Battlebus poll, a surprising secrecy advocate and a majestic ...
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Does nuclear deterrence work? [closed]

A commonly held theory and an often-used argument in favour of the possession of nuclear weapons is that it deters foreign states from military threats against vital interests. For example, see ...
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What do we know about red mercury?

My friend, known as a liar, came to me two days ago and told stories about red mercury, something I never heard about. Could do magic, the pharaohs used it. 1 kg worth 30 million dollars, used in ...
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Is nuclear winter a doomsday scenario like the media depicts it? [duplicate]

While a nuclear war will obviously cause significant environmental harm to the earth, after doing some research on the subject I'm starting to find facts that make me question whether it would ...
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Did Khamenei issue a fatwa banning development of nuclear weapons?

According to Obama: Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons. However, according to a Middle East Media Research Institute report entitled Renewed ...
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Was American intelligence caught by surprise by every nuclear test since 1949?

I read this over here. American intelligence has been caught by surprise by every successful test of a nuclear device since the Soviet Union in 1949. Is this correct?
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Was the US nuclear missle launch code set to 00000000 for 15 years of the cold war?

Drudge Report had a headline today that claim that the PAL security protocal was illegally bypassed from 1962 through 1977 by setting the launch code to 00000000 on all minutemen missles. To give ...
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Was Truman told that the first atom bomb was going to be used on a military target?

In his diary entry for July 25, 1945, US President Harry S. Truman wrote: This weapon is to be used against Japan between now and August 10th. I have told the Sec. of War, Mr. Stimson, to use it ...
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Is plutonium the most toxic substance known to man?

According to "The Myth of Plutonium Toxicity" by Bernard L. Cohen: Plutonium is constantly referred to by the news media as ``the most toxic substance known to man.'' Ralph Nader has said that ...
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Were the Japanese suing for peace prior to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

In the United States, it is a widely-held belief that an invasion of the Japanese main islands would have been necessary were it not for the use of atomic bombs (putting aside the question of whether ...
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Is a clean, well painted house more likely to survive a nuclear attack than a dirty, unkempt one?

This article links to a film that claims: a clean, nicely painted house is more likely to survive a nuclear attack than its dirty, run-down neighbors. Is there any truth to this claim, or were ...
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Does Israel have nuclear weapons?

According to Wikipedia's page on Israel and weapons of mass destructioni: Israel is widely believed to possess weapons of mass destruction, and to be one of four nuclear-armed countries not ...
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Was the 2003 Bam earthquake caused by nuclear testing?

From New earthquake hits Iran as Khatami denies Bam disaster caused by nuclear test Meanwhile, the Iranian President, Mohammad Khatami on Tuesady brushed aside rumors that a nuclear test in Bam ...
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Is it possible to stop a hurricane by nuking it?

To reduce tragedy, loss-of-life and, of course, disaster-relief costs, the idea of somehow stopping a hurricane has been around for some time now. One of many theories is that a nuke in the coldest ...
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Could Iran produce a nuclear weapon in under a year if they wanted to?

For over 30 years, politicians from Israel and the US have said that "Iran will have a nuclear weapon in less than a year". [Christian Science Monitor timeline of these warnings] Some more examples: ...
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Did a nuclear blast devastate Port Chicago on July 17, 1944?

On July 17, 1944 at the Port Chicago naval base, near the San Francisco Bay area, an explosion of epic proportions occurred on a dock handling munitions. The Evening Independent, Jul 18, 1944, via ...
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Can cockroaches survive a nuclear war?

I am sure most people will have heard this claim in some form or another: Cockroaches are so resilient that they will survive the nuclear holocaust. source Is this true?
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Is there a Soviet doomsday device called “Perimeter” or “Dead Hand”?

I stumbled upon an article on wired.com which told details about an automatic nuclear retaliation system build by the soviets in the mid-eighties. This system is supposed to ensure destruction of the ...
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Did nuclear tests on the Marshall Islands cause increased cancer rates?

The Marshall Island have been the site for many nuclear tests by the United States. While it has a small population of around 69,000, they have benefitted by receiving around $759 million dollars in ...
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Are the computers connected to missile early warning systems limited by international treaty?

With reference to a question Are there still any companies/academic centers that use mainframes from 60s-70s? on Programmers stack exchange, I answered mentioning the following: When I was working ...
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Would the approach of destroying an asteroid in the film “Armageddon” prevent a global catastrophe?

In the 1998 film Armageddon a group of oil rig workers lead by Bruce Willis are tasked with preventing a large asteroid from colliding with the Earth and wiping out civilization. They succeed by ...
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Do we have enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all of humanity?

I have heard several claims that we have enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all of humanity, but has anyone actually done an exact calculation of whether we do? The claim includes: All of the ...