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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 masher2 (blog) 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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