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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

An Editor-Curated Article Collection

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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is pleased to present a special collection of recently published articles hand-picked by Editor-in-Chief John Mecklin. Typically subscription-only, this content is available to everyone for a limited time via this page. No paywalls, no logins, just one-click access to the full text of each featured article. Read in your browser, download a PDF, or listen to an audio version via T&F's ReadSpeaker webReader functionality.

The below articles are free to access via this page only until April 30, 2020.

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists engages science leaders, policy makers, and the interested public on topics of nuclear weapons and disarmament, climate change, growing energy demands, and disruptive technologies. It has been published continuously since 1945, when it was founded by former Manhattan Project physicists after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists of Chicago. One of the driving forces behind the creation of the Bulletin was the amount of public interest surrounding atomic energy at the dawn of the atomic age. To convey the particular peril posed by nuclear weapons, the Bulletin devised the Doomsday Clock in 1947. The Doomsday Clock appeared on the Bulletin’s first cover when it transitioned from a newsletter to a magazine. Its original setting was seven minutes to midnight. The Clock, now set at two minutes to midnight, is recognized as a universal symbol of threats to humanity from a variety of sources: nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, climate change, and disruptive technologies.

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