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The race is on!

The arms race during the Cold War featured the US and Soviet Union competing against one another to have a greater military force.  It looks like another arms race, except on a much more relaxing level, is on again.  The Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are competing to see which lab will be able to construct the first new nuclear bomb made in the United States in two decades.  In 2005, the "reliable replacement warhead" program was started to try and replace aging, unreliable bombs.  The new nuclear bomb has been under development for around a year in both labs. 

The designs from both labs must have the same explosive power as existing warheads in the US arsenal.  One of the goals of the contest is to have a new weapon that will not be as likely to accidentally detonate and one that will be much more secure than the weapons the US currently possesses.  Each laboratory's plans will be presented to the Nuclear Weapons Council with the council choosing a winner before 2007.

Interestingly enough, LANL also recently put out an announcement that the national laboratory is accepting proposals for the fastest supercomputer in the world, capable of operating at one petaflop -- significantly more than even the fastest supercomputers are capable of today.

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RE: Nifty
By shadowzz on 6/14/2006 8:58:25 AM , Rating: 2
You know if we had radiation scrubbers like in GITS, I honestly don't think nuclear proliferation would even occur at all. The horrifying part about nukes is that they make everything problematic in the long run -- not so much the fact that the initial destuctive force is overwhelming.

True, a nuke could take out a city - but honestly where is the need for something like that, ever? And at what insane cost too (materials, know-how, etc). If a terrorist wanted to take out a city its a hell of a lot easier to get an areosal can full of anthrax.

In any case, radiation scrubbers would effectively eliminate the need for nukes overnight I think. Now someone go invent some nanomachines capable of scrubbing radiation.

RE: Nifty
By fungry on 6/14/2006 10:53:38 AM , Rating: 2
ermmm the pricing of uranium [used in nukes] is extroadinarily cheaper then purchasing TNT and other bomb substances.

Uranium is cheap compared to other things. Which is why US presidents such as kennedy and nixon and such, did such campaigns to help boost their votes. treaties like Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) and Nuclear Utilisation Treaty (NUT)

RE: Nifty
By Samus on 6/14/2006 12:21:09 PM , Rating: 4
Why the hell are we still concentrating on building WMD's and not putting dollars into research and preparation for global warming.

All this money and research time is needed elsewhere. In 2030 we're all ganna be fux0red.

RE: Nifty
By masher2 on 6/14/2006 12:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
Probably because anthropomorphic global warming is a nonproven notion very much still in debate and, even if proven, may very well turn out to be more beneficial than harmful.

And, FYI, regardless of whether the warming is natural or man-induced, no one is going to be "fuxored" in 2030. Possibly 2100, if the alarmists are correct.

RE: Nifty
By TheDoc9 on 6/14/2006 12:49:44 PM , Rating: 2
If gloabal warming ever becomes a real problem, I'm sure it will move up in priority.

Just because some celebrities say it's an issue, doesn't mean anything. And if they ever quote a scientist, ask them "what scientist? Can I talk to him/them?" Good luck with that one.

And if they bring up the Artic ice cap, try looking at the south pole, you might just notice it increasing in size. These things tend to happen, and looking at NASA photos shows the North pole changing all the time, sometimes it's smaller, sometimes it's larger.

I think if the money is spent on anything else, it should be on a TV campaign telling all the facts.

RE: Nifty
By masher2 on 6/14/2006 1:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
> "And if they bring up the Artic ice cap, try looking at the south pole, you might just notice it increasing in size"

Let's not forget the entire Arctic ice cap could melt, and not change sea levels by one millimeter.

> "And if they ever quote a scientist, ask them "what scientist? Can I talk to him/them?" Good luck with that one."

You can find scientists who believe global warming is a problem. The problem is you can find just as many that believe it isn't. And both camps disagree on how much, if any, of that warming is actually caused of human activity.

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