NORTH Korea claims to have successfully tested a massive hydrogen bomb in a move which has literally sent shock waves across the world.More than 130 quake stations recorded tremors from the mega-blast, which after 20 minutes had already reached Argentina more than 12,000 miles away.Based on the strength of the tremors - equivalent to a magnitude 6.3 earthquake - nuclear weapons specialists put the yield of the bomb at up to 100 kilotons.That is roughly 10 times more powerful than any of the previous nuclear bombs tested by the North Korean military.If Kim Jong-un's scientists have built a 100 kiloton H-bomb, its explosive power would dwarf that of the US nukes dropped on Japan in 1945 - which exploded with an energy of 10 to 20 kilotons.As well as its more obvious destructive power, a hydrogen bomb can also be detonated in the atmosphere sparking a massive electromagnetic pulse knocking out electrical supplies.North Korea’s state media claimed its underground test of the … [Read more...] about How North Korea’s hydrogen bomb works, why it’s ten times more powerful than Hiroshima and what would happen if Kim’s missile hits London
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THE posh market town of Dorking is best known for its architecture and famous breed of chickens.But residents were yesterday facing up to how they had a near miss in one of Britain’s worst nuclear blunders.New research has revealed that scientists working on the UK’s first atomic weapon almost dropped a test bomb on the Surrey town after it came loose in a plane.Thankfully, it ended up in the Thames estuary — where it still lies to this day.The mistake is revealed in a documentary about the UK’s race to develop a nuclear bomb. Reg Milne, of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, a Ministry of Defence research facility, said: “On one flight to Orford Ness, Suffolk, a bomb came loose over Dorking.“It fell off its hook. Luckily the bomb doors were strong enough to hold it and the pilot took the aircraft over the Thames estuary, opened the bomb doors and the bomb fell out.“The splash nearly drowned a couple of sailors who happened to be nearby. … [Read more...] about Scientists building Britain’s first nuclear bomb almost blew up Dorking when test device slipped from plane
VLADIMIR Putin has claimed genetically-modified super soldiers “worse than a nuclear bomb” could soon become a reality.The strongman Russian President spoke to a crowd of students about the prospect of an army of trained killers incapable of feeling "pain or fear" much like the characters in 1992 action movie Universal Soldier.He revealed that scientists are close to breaking the genetic code which would enable them to create “a human with pre-designed characteristics".Speaking at a youth festival in Sochi, Putin warned of the consequences of playing God with man’s genetic code, reports The Express.He said: "A man has the opportunity to get into the genetic code created by either nature, or as religious people would say, by the God."All kinds of practical consequences may follow. One may imagine that a man can create a man not only theoretically but also practically."He can be a genius mathematician, a brilliant musician or a soldier, a man who can fight without … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin warns of future sci-fi super-human soldiers more ‘destructive than nuclear bombs’ who feel no fear or pain
FOR fictional heroes like James Bond and Jack Bauer, chasing after missing nuclear weapons and saving the world is all in a day’s work.But the disappearance of weapons of mass destruction from under the nose of the authorities is not just consigned to the spy stories – it has actually happened.During the Cold War, both Russia and the US regularly “lost” nuclear warheads of various sizes.The US government has admitted to losing 11, but some experts believe between 50 and 100 bombs were lost around the world.Otfried Nassauer, an expert on nuclear armament and the director of the Berlin Information Center for Transatlantic Security, said: "The American Defence Department has confirmed the loss of 11 atomic bombs. It is believed that up to 50 nuclear weapons worldwide were lost during the Cold War."UK defence analyst Eric Grove puts the number even higher, especially when taking into account the “Suitcase Nukes” – smaller weapons that could fit … [Read more...] about An H-bomb missing over Georgia and dozens of ‘suitcase nukes’ … How the US and Russia have lost up to 50 NUCLEAR BOMBS
THE THAAD missile system could be the only line of defence against trigger-happy tyrant Kim Jong-un as he threatens to nuke his enemies in Asia and the US.Here's the lowdown on the state-of-the art kit which has been deployed in South Korea to guard against the threat from the North Korean dictator.The Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system is designed to intercept and destroy short and medium-range ballistic missiles during their "terminal" phase of flight when they are falling towards the target.The $1billion system was developed by the Pentagon following the failure of Patriot air-defence missiles to shoot down Saddam Hussain's Scud rockets in the first Gulf war.THAAD missiles are 20ft long, weigh nearly a ton and fly at up to 6,300mph, more than eight times the speed of sound, up to an altitude of around 93 miles.They do not carry an explosive charge because it could detonate the warhead of the target missile - which could contain a nuclear device.Instead they rely on a … [Read more...] about What is the THAAD missile system, where is the US program deployed and how does it work?
NORTH Korea claims to have successfully tested a massive hydrogen bomb in a move which has literally sent shock waves across the world.More than 130 quake stations recorded tremors from the mega-blast, which after 20 minutes had already reached Argentina more than 12,000 miles away.Based on the strength of the tremors – equivalent to a magnitude 6.3 earthquake – nuclear weapons specialists put the yield of the bomb at up to 100 kilotons.That is roughly 10 times more powerful than any of the previous nuclear bombs tested by the North Korean military.If Kim Jong-un’s scientists have built a 100 kiloton H-bomb, its explosive power would dwarf that of the US nukes dropped on Japan in 1945 – which exploded with an energy of 10 to 20 kilotons.As well as its more obvious destructive power, a hydrogen bomb can also be detonated in the atmosphere sparking a massive electromagnetic pulse knocking out electrical supplies.North Korea’s state media claimed its … [Read more...] about How North Korea’s hydrogen bomb works, why it’s ten times more powerful than Hiroshima and what would happen if Kim’s missile hits Dublin
A 92-year-old World War Two hero has revealed how he was recruited as a teen spy by James Bond author Ian Fleming and sent on a secret mission.Peter Lyons, from Penketh in Lancashire, was asked by Fleming to join a specialist Commando Unit he led called the 30th Assault Unit.The unit was tasked with seizing material which proved the Nazis were trying to construct a nuclear bomb as well as other military intelligence.Peter was part of a group of just three Commandos sent behind enemy lines to a factory in Kiel, Germany, to find the uranium needed to build a bomb.However while the radioactive substance was not uncovered, it led to the capture of German-born scientist Hellmuth Walter in May 1945.Some people believe his capture formed the basis of Ian Fleming's James Bond novel 'Moonraker', with one of the characters called Dr. Walter - said to be based on Hellmuth.In the novel, Bond goes undercover and poses as a workman who is part of the Moonraker project, a prototype missile designed … [Read more...] about World War 2 hero, 92, reveals he was recruited by James Bond author Ian Fleming for a secret mission to uncover Nazi nuclear bomb plans which was immortalised in ‘Moonraker’
MANY dangers we face, such as crossing the road, are commonplace and have clearly signposted rules - stop look and listen.But other dangerous situations are more ambiguous.So what exactly do you do if a nuclear bomb hits and what do you need in your survival kit?With North Korea testing ballistic missiles and US officials preparing for terrorist-led nuclear bomb threats, needing to know how to prepare for and what to do in the aftermath of a detonation is no longer reserved for the movies.The biggest threat to human life after the initial explosion is radiation in the air - known as fallout.Speaking to Business Insider Brooke Buddemeier, an expert on radiation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, said:"Your ability to know where the fallout's gonna go, and outrun it, are — well, it's very unlikely."Fallout can be carried by high-altitude winds "often booking along at 100 miles per hour".Only very dense materials such as lead protect from … [Read more...] about A radio, a can opener and 9 other things you need in your emergency kit if a nuclear bomb hits
Rolf Ekeus was the chief weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1997, heading the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) on Iraq. He also served as Sweden's Ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2000 and OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities from 2001 to 2007. Currently he is chairman of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Deutsche Welle: What is your assessment of the talks between the international community and Iran about Tehran's nuclear program that were restarted last week? Rolf Ekeus: I think it's good that they started and one should welcome this opening. Then we have to be a bit patient to see if it will yield any results. Just before the talks news came of a previously undeclared Iranian enrichment site. How credible is Iran? In my general point of view it is not a good thing … [Read more...] about Iran will be hard to stop from getting a nuclear bomb, says former weapons inspector
On April 13, the United States dropped its biggest non-nuclear bomb in eastern Afghanistan on an "Islamic State" (IS) target. The so-called '"mother of all bombs" (MOAB) killed at least 96 IS fighters, according to Afghan officials. Surprisingly, 13 of them were from India. IS in Afghanistan is known to have recruited hundreds of local fighters as well as militants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Central and Southeast Asia, but an active involvement of Indian jihadists in IS' Afghanistan operations is not well documented. In an interview with DW, Michael Kugelman, a South Asia expert at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, says there's good reason to believe there could be Indian extremists in Afghanistan. DW: Not much is known about the activities of Indian militants in Afghanistan. What can you tell us about it? Michael Kugelman: I think the broader question is why Afghanistan is becoming so attractive to extremists on the whole. Over the last few years … [Read more...] about How active are Indian jihadists in Afghanistan?