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If The Earth Were A Village Of 100 People

There are more than 7 billion of us on the planet now. We comprise a wildly diverse set of ages, nationalities, religious groups, incomes and technological capacities. Given the magnitude of our numbers, it can be hard to really grasp how that diversity plays out. How many of us have cell phones? …

Science

Declassified photos show the US's final preparations for the only nuclear weapons attacks in history

A lot has been established about the immediate preparations for the dropping of the bombs, known as "Little Boy" and "Fat Man," which were loaded onto airplanes on the North Field airbase on Tinian Island, part of the Northern Mariana Islands to the south of Japan.<p>Until recently few photographs …

Fallen Medal of Honor recipient may finally come home from World War II

Seven decades after one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the remains of Medal of Honor recipient Marine Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. may soon be home.<p>The remains of at least three dozen Marines killed in the battle for Tarawa Atoll were discovered recently by a Florida-based nonprofit group, …

The Future Of War

The risk of conflicts between great powers is rising. How will that shape the battlefield of tomorrow?<p>When the Cold War ended, the world changed fundamentally. For most of the 20th century, conflicts between great powers—two world wars and the specter of a third—defined our global politics, as well …

This was the US Navy's cutting-edge stealth ship

Although submarine-based missiles were a well-established leg of the nuclear "triad" (along with ballistic missiles and strategic bomber aircraft) the US realized the strategic applicability of stealth for vessels at sea. Specifically, US military researchers wanted to test the viability of making …

The Pentagon’s Fight Over Fighting China

The Joint Chiefs keep ordering up ambitious new war plans. But their biggest battle might be with each other.<p><b>At first, it’s hard to see Operation Desert Storm as</b> anything less than an unparalleled American military victory. The battleship <i>U.S.S. Missouri</i> began the campaign to forcibly remove Iraqi …

China has an unsettling nuclear deterrence strategy

Military watchers around the world eagerly anticipated China's Sept. 3 military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II. It was the largest since at least 2009, when the Chinese Communist Party celebrated 60 years in power.<p>The most notable …