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North Korea Successfully Puts Its Second Satellite in Orbit

, co-director and senior scientist

North Korea launched earlier than expected, and successfully placed its second satellite into orbit. Read more >

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North Korea is Launching a Rocket Soon: What Do We Know About It?

, co-director and senior scientist

North Korea has announced that it will launch a rocket sometime in the next two weeks to put a satellite in orbit for the second time. What do we know about it, and how worried should we be? Read more >

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Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense Test Slated for Thursday

, senior scientist

A test of the Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, sometime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Read more >

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FWIW, LA UFO is SLBM–LOL

, senior scientist

Southern California was freaking out this past weekend when this appeared in the skies: Read more >

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Nuclear Power(less) Plants

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Disaster by Design/Safety by Intent #3

Disaster by Design

The primary purpose of commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. is to generate electricity. When not fulfilling that role, nuclear power plants that are shut down require electricity to run the equipment needed to prevent the irradiated fuel in the reactor core and spent fuel pool from damage by overheating. The March 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan graphically illustrated what can happen when nuclear plants do not get the electricity they require. Read more >

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