Episode #25: Blue Sky & Nuclear Test Site Visit

In this episode, we did some atomic tourism, first to the Nuclear Test Site and then on the emotional journey that is the 1994 melodrama, Blue Sky. How does a mild mannered nuclear test site scientist navigate radioactive cover-ups and family crises? What was it like visiting the former nuclear test site in Nevada? How … Continue reading Episode #25: Blue Sky & Nuclear Test Site Visit

Low-Yield Hot Take: Blade Runner’s Nuclear Plot Lost Like Tears in Fallout

In Philip K Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, that forms the basis of the 1982 movie, a nuclear "World War Terminus" was responsible for post-apocalyptic San Francisco. This is the reason why most animals are dead and humans use bioengineering and cloning to create artificial animals like snakes and robot cats. … Continue reading Low-Yield Hot Take: Blade Runner’s Nuclear Plot Lost Like Tears in Fallout

Death Stars: The Ultimate WMD

  I (Tim) wrote an article for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (the keepers of the Doomsday Clock!) about the appropriation of nuclear weapon imagery and themes in Rogue One and Star Wars. I am talking about the Death Star, of course. Here is a highlight: The central plot of Rogue One involves our … Continue reading Death Stars: The Ultimate WMD

Why Matt Damon is Not a Space Pirate…Just a Space Felon

Our latest podcast episode on the nuclear nonsense in The Martian (2015) has space/maritime law guru Chris Mirasola get super critical about why Matt Damon might not actually be a space pirate. Here is a great write-up of his argument: "I love The Martian. However, until they find a way to introduce water to the … Continue reading Why Matt Damon is Not a Space Pirate…Just a Space Felon