What H.G. Wells Got Wrong When He Predicted the Atomic Bomb

What science fiction writers get wrong is at least as important as what they get right, argued legendary physicist Lawrence Krauss in his talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago. In particular, H.G. Wells predicted the atomic bomb — but he made a crucial error. » 2/17/14 3:29pm 2/17/14 3:29pm

Rare ground-level photo of Hiroshima bombing found in former Japanese…

One can only imagine what was going through the mind of the person who took this photo. Taken a mere two to five minutes after its detonation, it's a ground-level perspective of the atomic explosion that decimated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The original print of the photograph recently surfaced in the archives at… » 1/14/13 6:30am 1/14/13 6:30am

Rare photographs of atomic bomb testing at Bikini Atoll

When io9 reader Chris Carey's grandfather, a WWII veteran, passed away, he took it upon himself to assemble a slideshow for the funeral. While searching through a dusty photo album that he'd found in the attic, Carey made an incredible find: numerous photographs of the atomic bomb testing conducted at Bikini Atoll. » 7/27/12 4:14pm 7/27/12 4:14pm

Welcome to the Smithsonian​’s Atomic Weapons Museum

The Atomic Age is a difficult period to memorialize. Research from the time period yielded a clean form of energy, but also killed hundreds of thousands of individuals in World War II and plunged the planet into a Cold War. The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada aims to collect artifacts and interpret… » 5/17/12 8:20am 5/17/12 8:20am

When Dagwood Bumstead Split the Atom

It's not often that Chic Young, the newspaper cartoonist responsible for the exploits of Blondie's hapless husband, and General Leslie Groves, the military man responsible for the Manhattan Project, get together. But when they do, it's spectacular. In 1949, Dagwood, Blondie — and their freaking dogs — split the atom… » 5/10/12 3:08pm 5/10/12 3:08pm