Happy New Year!To all my readers-
We hope the new year brings us all peace and happiness.
A visit to the Atomic Testing MuseumIn October I was in Las Vegas for the annual Macromedia, strike that, Adobe (I am still trying to get used to the acquisition...) developer conference. This would be the perfect chance to finally visit the Atomic Testing Museum. I had been trying to visit the museum since it had opened on February 20, 2005.
Here is the full review.
Japan inquired into nuclear weaponsThe Japanese government recently looked into the possibility of developing a nuclear warhead, a news report said Monday, citing an internal government document.
However the government's top spokesman Yasuhisa Shiozaki denied such a document existed.
The Japanese daily Sankei reported that experts at several government organizations concluded it would take at least three to five years to make a prototype weapon.
The experts also estimated that the project would cost about $1.68 billion to $2.52 billion and require the efforts of several hundred engineers, according to Sankei.
The experts did not say whether Japan should develop nuclear arms, the newspaper reported, only what such a project would require. The newspaper published a summary of the document, dated Sept 20 and titled "On the Possibility of Developing Nuclear Weapons Domestically." [via CNN]
A week of news...
Iran & Security Council
The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution imposing sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program. Western analysts suspect the aim is to make nuclear weapons, while Tehran claims its nuclear technology is only being used to generate energy. [via
msnbc.com and BBC News]
North Korea 6 Party Talks
Six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which ended without an agreement because of a dispute over U.S.-imposed financial sanctions, may resume in ``weeks, not months,'' U.S. envoy Christopher Hill said. [via MSNBC.com]
HEU secured from Germany
Russian experts removed a large quantity of highly enriched uranium from a Soviet-era atomic reactor in eastern Germany early on Monday and were preparing to fly it to Russia for processing, officials said.
Some 326 kg (717 pounds) of enriched uranium was being flown out of Germany to a processing center near Podolsk in Russia, said Udo Herwig, director of the Rossendorf research institute where the material was stored and prepared for transport. [via Yahoo! News]
US-India Nuclear Agreement Signed
President Bush signed legislation Monday to let America share its nuclear know-how and fuel with India, even though New Delhi refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
"By helping India expand its use of safe nuclear energy, this bill lays the foundation for a new strategic partnership between our two nations that will help ease India's demands for fossil fuels and ease pressure on global markets," Bush said. The bill carves out an exemption in U.S. law to allow civilian nuclear trade with India in exchange for Indian safeguards and inspections at its 14 civilian nuclear plants. Eight military plants, however, would remain off-limits to the inspections.
The House and Senate had overwhelmingly approved the nuclear cooperation bill. [via BBC News]
New bookWe get requests from people all the time asking if we can help locate some information about their relative's role in the Manhattan Project. Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to help. There is a recently published book entitled, "
Finding Your Father’s War, A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II US Army” by Jonathan Gawne.
Leading military historian and researcher, Jonathan Gawne, explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives, libraries, veteran associations and myriad other sources of information to track down the wartime career of an individual. The author describes this as "What I did, and what you can do to find out what 'he' did in the army."
The book helps you to assemble the data you have collected and piece the story of your relatives' wartime service together. It also gives advice on preserving the memories - oral histories, photos, artifacts, documents, etc.
Since we don't work in this field, we can't give it a honest review, but we wanted our readers to know about it. So if you are looking to fill in the gaps of your family tree, this book might be of help. You can order it from the publisher at casematepublishing.com.