The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was established in 1945 by scientists, engineers, and other experts who had created the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project. They knew about the horrible effects of these new weapons and devoted themselves to warning the public about the consequences of using them. Today, the Bulletin informs the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences. Through an award-winning magazine, our online presence, and the Doomsday Clock, we reach policy leaders and audiences around the world with information and analysis about efforts to address the dangers and prevent catastrophe.
Recent articles which may be of interest to historians of science include
Into thin air: the story of Plutonium Mountain
In this interview, Siegfried Hecker recounts the remarkable and highly secretive feat of collaboration among the United States, Russia, and Kazakhstan to secure many of the tunnels and test areas at the sprawling Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site
Slideshow: the faces that made the bomb
Taken from the security badges worn by Manhattan Project staff, this is a carefully curated selection of some of the lesser-known stories of the people at Los Alamos National Lab, mixing the well-known with the obscure, treating each seriously as the faces that made the bomb.
The Doomsday Clock: a timeline of conflict, culture, and change:
As the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists evolved from a newsletter into a magazine, the Doomsday Clock was created to symbolize the urgency of the nuclear dangers that the magazine’s founders–and the broader scientific community–were trying to convey to the public and political leaders around the world. Today, deliberations for moving the hands of the Clock happen each fall, when the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board convenes to discuss current threats to humanity. Those threats now include climate change and emerging technologies.
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