Photos imagine atomic bomb tests as a modern tourist attraction

What if iPhones and Facebook already existed by the dawn of the Atomic Age? Would your news feed be clogged with photos of vacationing friends staring out at not-too-distant mushroom clouds? That's the alternate history imagined by Clay Lipsky's Atomic Overlook photos. » 8/04/12 9:00am 8/04/12 9:00am

Watch as these five soldiers stand directly beneath an atomic blast

Back at the dawn of the atomic age, many Americans were rightfully worried about the effects of nuclear fallout. So, in a (failed) attempt to reassure people that atomic weapons were nothing to get in a huff about, the U.S. Air Force recruited five volunteers (plus one photographer who didn't have much of a say in… » 7/18/12 1:36pm 7/18/12 1:36pm

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

Retro Atomic Bomb Art Celebrates The Kitsch Of Nukes

Nevada used to be atomic blast central, so it's fitting that students at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas paid tribute to the weirdness of atomic-bomb art and propaganda with a new exhibition, "Cloud 9." » 3/25/10 9:30am 3/25/10 9:30am

A Grand Tour of Our Nuclear World

Did you ever wonder how the U.S. went from inventing atomic weapons in the 1940s to having a full-scale nuclear weapon industry a decade later? Ever want to visit an atomic test site? Wonder where they make weapons-grade uranium? Ponder the current state of the U.S. nuclear stockpile? Nathan Hodge and Sharon… » 6/16/08 11:08am 6/16/08 11:08am