A Solution: End the Korean War

by Ralph Seliger   THIS U.S.-NORTH KOREA crisis is threatening to blow up, literally, as never before. There’s no question that North Korea is governed by a dangerous and odious regime. And regardless of whether North Korea has a hydrogen bomb (a claim now widely believed), we know it has (or will shortly have) missiles with the […]

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October 11: Einstein’s Letter to FDR

On this date in 1939, Alexander Sachs, an economic adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, delivered and summarized a letter written to the president on August 2nd by Albert Einstein, in consultation with Leó Szilárd, describing the possibility of building an atomic bomb and noting that “Germany has actually stopped the sale of uranium from the […]

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Netanyahu: Faulty Logic for a Dangerous Policy

by Marc Jampole BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S REASONING makes as little sense as his overall strategy. Netanyahu is determined to scuttle the imminent deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries over Iran’s development of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. (P5+1 refers to the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Russia, China, […]

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February 27: The Soviet Oppenheimer

Yuli Borosovich Khariton, the chief designer of the Soviet atomic bomb, which was first detonated in 1949, was born in St. Petersburg on this date in 1904. His father was a journalist, director of the Soviet House of Writers, who died in the gulag, his mother an actress who went to Palestine. Khariton studied in […]

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October 27: Lise Meitner

An Austrian physicist who helped discover uranium fission but refused to work on the atomic bomb, Lise Meitner died in Cambridge on this date in 1968. Meitner was the second woman to gain a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Vienna (1905). She then became an assistant to Max Planck (who had formerly […]

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August 6: “The Jewish Bomb”

The first nuclear attack in history took place on this date in 1945 when the city of Hiroshima was largely destroyed by a single bomb dropped by an American B-29. Three days later, the city of Nagasaki was similarly destroyed, and Japan surrendered six days after that, ending World War II. The nuclear bomb was […]

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March 14: Albert Einstein

The quintessential scientific genius of the 20th century, Albert Einstein, was born on this date in 1879 in Germany. In 1905, while working in the Swiss Patent Office, he published four scientific papers — explaining the photoelectric effect (the emittance of “particles” of light, or photons, by energy-absorbing matter), proving that molecules exist through measurement […]

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Baby Boomers and the Bomb

My mother loves to tell of a time from my childhood in the 1950s when she eavesdropped on a conversation I was having with another kid. “Do you believe in God?” I asked, to which the girl replied: “Yes, and in Mighty Mouse, too.” Like a snapshot in a photo album, Mom’s repeated telling of […]

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