Archive for the ‘Atomic Culture’ Category

From the World Uranium Symposium held in Quebec, April 14-16, 2015. Several themes underscore the meeting: The Symposium is occurring at a time when many organizations and governments question the future of nuclear power, currently providing about 11% of the world’s electricity. The year 2015 also marks the seventieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima […]

A recent investigation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by and the National Security Archive found: One telling fact is that a key transparency policy document is itself a secret. The Board of Governors has never officially announced, or disclosed, its 1996 decision to release its documents after two years. Also symbolizing IAEA […]

Reich’s DOR


While researching Wilhelm Reich’s (non) involvement in the Atoms for Peace speech and program, I came across his colleague Dr. Elsworth Becker‘s 1968 description of Reich’s discovery of a black substance (or energy) during the first Oranur experiment in 1951. Reich named the substance called DOR, or deadly orgone radiation: Besides near disaster and disease, […]

Having an interest in psychoanalyst-physician-scientist Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s work, especially The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933, 1946)* as well as atomic history, I’m puzzled as to proposals made by researchers that suggest Dr. Reich was a creative force behind the phrase atoms for peace. For example, Peter Robbins writes: And while it may have been a […]

Atomic Toys


BoingBoing recently posted on Gilbert’s Atomic Energy Lab, a cool little kit for 1950s kids to get down with physics and conduct scientific experiments. What wasn’t elaborated in the article were the specifics of the radioactive elements that came bundled with the kit: The set came with four types of uranium ore, a beta-alpha source […]

From the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, How It Was Done: Rural America (1960; SuDoc: Pr 34.759:17) is really a case study in shelter building in the community of Gratiot County, located in central Michigan.  “22 discussion groups” were conducted with civil defense program officials to educate Gratiot County residents on building and living […]

Asahi Simbun, one of Japan’s leading newspapers reported on 4/17/2010: NAGASAKI–The head of a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary that withstood the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki is to be displayed in New York ahead of next month’s United Nations Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference. All that remains of the 2-meter statue and base […]