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1. Who's got the bomb?

2. How nukes work

3. Bring forth the 4th generation

4. Never say "never"

5. An end to the search?




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The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes, Simon & Schuster, 1986.

First Light for a Gamma Ray Flashbulb, Ivan Amato, Science, 5 Feb. 1999, pp. 769-70.

Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons, Andre Gsponer and Jean-Pierre Hurni, Technical Report, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, P.O. Box 30, 1211 Geneva 12, Switzerland.

Molecular and Metallic Hydrogen, M. Ross and C. Shishkevish, Report R-2056-ARPA, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, May, 1977.

Nuclear Study, Given Go-Ahead, Rouses Fears About a New "Bunker Buster" Weapon, James Dao, The New York Times, 17 Nov. 2002.

That Old Designing Fever, Greg Mello, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Jan/Feb. 2000.

Third-Generation Nuclear Weapons, Ted Taylor, Scientific American, 4/1987, pp. 30-9.

U.S. Plan Shows New Design Work on Nuclear Arms, William Broad, The New York Times, Aug. 18, 1997, P. A1.


Meet the weapons under development.

Secrets that Matter, David Albright, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2000.

Dangerous Thermonuclear Quest, Arjun Makhijani and Hisham Zerriffi.

High-Energy Weapons Archive.

Huge! Comforting news on suitcase nukes.

The Federation of American Scientists tracks nuclear issues.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Essential.

Some nuclear links from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Affairs nuclear at the Center for Defense Information.

Sandia National Laboratories.

National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Don't go nuclear with our credits page.












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