It's a little bit hard to tell, but you're looking at somewhere in the range of 450 kilotons of long range nuclear death.
The "Atomic Age" of the 1950s saw the nuke-armed U.S. and U.S.S.R facing off. During the creation of the bomb, the U.S. didn't give much thought about what would happen if one headed our way. It seemed like a good idea to the government to a thorough testing as to what would happen in that event.
So you wake up one day, turn on the TV and it doesn't work. Fine. You grab your smartphone next — no service. Odd. You dig out the ol' reliable crank radio from your disaster-preparedness kit (you do have one of those don't you?), and that's when you find out: someone's finally gone and pressed the big red button. The world as you know it is gone, and the grid has gone with it. The last radio reports you hear, before they're cut off, are of roving bands of bandits heading into the cities to loot, pillage and generally cause a ruckus. Awesome. You live in the city. Your best bet on survival is to get moving, and to keep it that way. Never fear, chums: DVICE has you covered. Here are 12 mobile living concepts for your fabulous new nomadic lifestyle.
Between 1942 and 1946, the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada spent the equivalent of $26 billion and employed 130,000 people to create the very first atomic weapon. The Manhattan Project changed the world, and three of the major sites involved may be about to get turned into national parks that you can go visit.
Believe it or not, Bruce Willis had sort of the right idea in Armageddon: the most effective way to nuke an asteroid that's threatening Earth is to detonate the weapon deep inside the rock as opposed to on the surface. There may be a Willis/Affleck-free way to make this happen, by using an artificial asteroid of our own.
Raise your hand if you've ever personally witnessed the detonation of a nuclear weapon. For those of you with your hands up, please accept our admiration and respect, but for the rest of you, you have no idea what it was like. Don't feel bad, it's not your fault, but today you have a chance to see an atomic bomb test on video complete with the original soundtrack.
Tomorrow, the Department of Energy will begin disassembly and disposal of the last "monster weapon" on the planet: a 10,000-pound B53 nuclear warhead with a yield of nine megatons, which packs roughly 750 times more energy than the nuke that was used on Hiroshima.
Pack your bags, it's time to nuke ourselves to the moon! And while we're at it, we might as well bring along a few extra nukes, in the form of miniaturized nuclear reactors that can fit inside a suitcase and power a moon base or two.
No matter what question faces mankind, someone always answers with, "nuke it." The Deepwater Horizon oil spill? Nuke it. Launching spacecraft to the moon? Why, there's a nuke for that. So, why didn't we nuke Irene? Well, rather than just dismiss the notion, the NOAA is using good ol' science to analyze a nuclear hurricane deterrent.
It's the future, and the most unlikely event has happened: someone cared enough to nuke Australia. The outback, once a land rich with beer and fried onion appetizers, is now a wasteland that's home to shady mutants, killer robots and roaming gangs of raiders. Your only goal? Survive.