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Santa, Mistakes, and Nuclear War

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

On December 1, the U.S. military started its annual tracking of Santa’s flight from the North Pole.

Really. Read more >

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Six Close Calls During the Cuban Missile Crisis

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

The Cuban Missile Crisis played out in the second half of October 1962. People generally know that it brought the world close to nuclear war but that in the end U.S. and Soviet leaders kept their heads and the world pulled through.

I remember as a young boy watching President Kennedy’s October 22 speech on our black and white TV set. I could tell from my parents’ reaction that things were bad. And essentially everything I’ve learned about the crisis since then has made me realize it was scarier than any of us realized. Read more >

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The Moon and Nuclear War

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

The moon made headlines last week with the appearance of a so-called “super blood moon.” Several people I talked to, though, thought that name was a bit dramatic for what they actually saw in the sky.

But 55 years ago today, the moon was a star player in a short drama that could have justified that name. Read more >

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The Pope’s Climate Message Inspires and Uplifts

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

As a Catholic, I’ve often disagreed with the institutional church on many issues. But as thousands of other Catholics, I have grown fond of the present Pope. Pope Francis’ outreach to the poor and marginalized, his disdain for pomp, and his tolerant tone all have made him a much beloved world figure. Read more >

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Stanislav Petrov And The Day the World Almost Ended (Really)

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

Every day since Sept. 26, 1983 has to some extent been borrowed time. Read more >

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