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  • “Doomsday Clock” Kept at 90 Seconds to Midnight for 2024

    By Karl Grossman             The “Doomsday Clock” of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was kept at 90 seconds to midnight this week—the closest to midnight that the clock has been set since it was created in 1947. Midnight is defined by The Bulletin as “nuclear annihilation.”             The hands of the clock were initially…
  • PUSHING NUKES AT COP28 CLIMATE CONFERENCE

    By Karl Grossman “U.S. leads coalition to triple nuclear power by 2050 in effort to address climate change,” was the headline of a December 4th CNBC article on activity at the UN conference called COP28 being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on the climate crisis. COP stands for Conference of the Parties, annual gatherings…
  • Oppenheimer, the film, and the Manhattan Project

    By Karl Grossman Oppenheimer, the movie about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, is a great film, extraordinary, as most movie reviews are accurately saying, and so, so important. Causing the formation of the Manhattan Project was a letter from Long Island, New York to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was signed by Albert…
  • TRITIUM

    By Karl Grossman On Long Island, New York, where I live, in the late 1990s the two nuclear reactors at Brookhaven National Laboratory were shut down because they had been leaking tritium into the water table below, part of the island’s aquifer system on which more than 3 million people depend on as their sole…
  • Putting the Nuclear Genie Back in the Bottle

    By Karl Grossman With the film Oppenheimer opening in theatres on Friday and being widely heralded by media, and this past Sunday, the 78th anniversary noted of the first explosion of a nuclear device, and, so importantly, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons becoming international law, the time for putting the nuclear genie…
  • The Fukushima Disaster, The Hidden Side of the Story

    By Karl Grossman “The Fukushima Disaster, The Hidden Side of the Story” is a just-released film documentary, a powerful, moving, information-full film that is superbly made. Directed and edited by Philippe Carillo, it is among the strongest ever made on the deadly dangers of nuclear technology. It begins with the words in 1961 of U.S.…
  • An Extraordinary Educational Institution

    By Karl Grossman It’s an extraordinary educational institution: Empire State University. Originally called Empire State College, it was elevated to being Empire State University in March.