Making biomedical research less dangerous
Hollywood to Hiroshima | Quasicrystals | Media accountability
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June 10, 2021
From Hollywood to Hiroshima
Leslie Sussan retraces the steps of her father, a US Army photographer who documented survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. “The faces of those he filmed haunted him,” she writes. Read more.
Behold the beautiful atomic quasicrystal
Something unexpectedly lovely was created amid the detonation of an atomic bomb 75 years ago: a mathematically perfect quasicrystal. Quasicrystals may be able to determine responsible parties in a nuclear terrorist attack. Read more.
Making biosafety labs safe
Public health expert and Bulletin columnist Laura Kahn argues for changes in regulation of virus-manipulation research and mandatory reporting of laboratory-acquired infections to guard against lab leaks that could start future pandemics. Read more.
BULLETIN VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Media accountability in a world of disinformation
On June 23, join the Alan Alda Center’s Laura Lindenfeld and the News Literacy Project’s Alan Miller in conversation with the Knight Foundation’s Paul Cheung to discuss how we can identify and combat growing disinformation. Our conversation springs from the Bulletin’s May/June magazine on how to dial back a disinformation dystopia. Join us.
WHAT’S NEW AT THE BULLETIN
The A1 Haiku: Leaning into the wind
This A1 Haiku from Bulletin multimedia editor Thomas Gaulkin is crafted from the New York Times front-page story, “U.S. Far Behind In Going to Sea For Wind Power.” Read more.
2020 year in review
Our annual report is out! Check out our vital work of disseminating cutting-edge scientific information and analysis about growing man-made dangers. Read more.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“In their cooperation to create the 1968 Nonproliferation Treaty, your predecessors limited the spread of the most dangerous weapons ever invented and committed to their ultimate elimination. … We appeal to you to show the same courage and sense of urgency again when you meet in Geneva.” — Rachel Bronson, CEO, and Edmund G. Brown Jr., executive chair, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and 32 others, An appeal to Presidents Biden & Putin on the occasion of their summit meeting
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