Questions tagged [nuclear-weapons]

This tag should be used for questions specifically asking about the nuclear weapons. The question can be about the usage in war, its construction under certain circumstances or its effects in a given scenario. When using this tag you should also think about using the tag [weapon-mass-destruction].

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Asteroid/comet deflection: Will a stream of nukes work?

Imagine you want to change the course of an asteroid quickly. You have huge resources at your disposal. What is the best way to move an asteroid quickly? Consider different compositions, chiefly solid ...
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What could be the the consequences in this world if nuclear bombs didn't release radiation anymore?

In an alternative earth, or just a few decades from now, someone was able to make a breakthrough in nuclear bombs. Developing a way to make the radiation be nullified by its extreme chain reactions or ...
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Accelerator for polar molecules

I'm writing a story where the protagonist(a scientist) invents an accelerator for polar molecules(Like H2O) using varying electric fields. In one of the experiments he accelerates the water molecules ...
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What would happen if 250 nuclear weapons were detonated within Owens Valley in California?

(NO CIA/FBI/NSA IM NOT A TERRORIST ARMED WITH 250 STOLEN/UNACCOUNTED FOR NUKES) I’m writing a Godzilla fanfiction and in it, while Godzilla was doing Godzilla things on the West Coast (destroying ...
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How to manage nuclear armed missiles in a spaceborne combat environment?

Thanks to all the members in my previous question regarding nuclear armed missiles (nukes). From those responses, it turns out nukes are more powerful than I expected they would be in terms of ...
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Are nuclear armed missiles effective weapons for spaceborne combat?

So I've read up (NASA has good stuff) that nuclear weapons detonated in space are primarily a radiation hazard. Thermal and concussive effects are negligible, other than I suppose hot fragmentation ...
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What would the global effects of a prolonged nuclear war at sea be?

There are a great many studies targeted at the effects on the environment of nuclear war on land, but I can't seem to find any relating specifically to nuclear war at sea. The current basic setup in ...
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How would the sudden disappearance of nuclear weapons and power plants affect Earth geopolitics?

Backstory The setting is Earth in 2021 OTL. An invisible space station of an arbitrarily advanced alien civilization is orbiting around Earth keeping watch on humanity. The aliens have determined that ...
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Effects of a Rapid Fire Nuclear Weapon on the Environment

One of the weapons I'm planning on having a character use in a sci-fi world is a rapid fire nuclear autocannon. While the strategic use of nuclear weapons is common on inter-galactic battlefields, an ...
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Hard sci-fi super weapons?

So in my questions about the intergalactic highway and simulated ship quarters I established a universe where the navy fights a cult of alien worshipers over star gates. 500 to 700 years in the future....
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Enhanced Nuclear Fission Weapons: Casaba Howitzers VS Nuclear-Pumped Laser

So, after finding the answer to why not all fissile material is used in a nuclear fission bomb (being blown in multiple directions), I thought that to solve this, the blast should be more focused and ...
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What situation would prompt the world to dump the use of Atomic and Nuclear Explosives entirely?

Atomic and nuclear weapons are certainly the most destructive weapons Earth has in modern times, able to rupture cities. In the present, while we have the NPT (Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear ...
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How plausible is it for nuclear power to be invented but not nuclear weapons?

I don’t need a super detailed answer here, so this is definitely going to be pretty opinion-based. For context, let’s say you have a world where WW2 was ended by an all-American superhero punching ...
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If people were the size of squirrels, would we ever have developed nuclear fission?

If people were about 1 foot tall and weighed about 1 pound, would we ever have made a reactor or an atomic bomb? Because critical mass doesn't change, the scale of the project to mine and process ...
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Effects of Deep Underwater Nuclear Explosions [closed]

I've tried looking this up but can't seem to find the right info. If a nuclear-level explosion went off at the bottom of the ocean, what if any effect would this have on the surface. I'm talking ...
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I'm looking for an event that would have accelerated the American nuclear program

I've been brainstorming this idea of America conquering the world right after World War II, during the period when USA was the only nation with the atomic bomb. I'm looking for something either ...
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How much TNT do I need to blow up Mars' moon Deimos? [closed]

Specifically I want to blow it up into lots of little bits, not just nudge it towards the planet so that it de-orbits on its own.
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Feasibility of Gundam's GENESIS

I was looking at various superweapons in Gundam, and recently came across a Gamma-Ray Weapon in Gundam SEED known as the GENESIS. Here is a description of how it works: "GENESIS is a huge gamma ray ...
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Could alien observers detect the Castle Bravo nuclear test?

I am considering writing an alternate history story in which 1950s nuclear testing attracts the attention of benevolent extraterrestrials who do not want to see us destroy ourselves. However a ...
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What signs of nuclear explosion in SLC can be seen from Lincoln Highway?

First thing: I don't know if it's the right stack to ask this question, so I'm sorry if it's not. I'm writing an adventure for an apocalyptic RPG session. One point of the plot is a detonation of 100 ...
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How long can the entire civilization be powered by converting all nuclear arsenal into commercial reactor fuel?

Imagine a miracle happened and all leaders decided to wind back the minute hand of the doomsday clock and passed a bill that can transform all kinds of nuclear weapons into fuel for power plants, ...
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What would be the best way to power a mecha? [closed]

While searching around, I kept hearing that fusion was a good choice, but how best to covert the energy to electricity was an issue. However, during my research, I came across this: Photon-...
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A modern war without nuclear weapons [closed]

On Earth, no major, all out wars have been fought since WW2 as a result of MAD. My world, Dane, has had a similar history to Earth, with many major wars that suddenly ceased when MAD became an issue. ...
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How can a nation today become a super power without any nuclear programme?

I suspect being economically strong and independent aren't enough to become a super power in today world, I realised that US is slowly losing it's grip as a super power after it starts shifting focus ...
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Could a robot that can survive at the center of the Earth also survive a nuclear explosion?

The robot in question is a very large, worm-like mining robot with a huge drill on its front end, built to survive staggering levels of heat and pressure. It's so resiliant, in fact, that it can ...
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How could humans destroy the Earth completely and quickly? [duplicate]

Scenario : A group of insanely evil people decides to completely wipe out our home planet. All humanity's knowledge and resources are at their disposal and they have access to all kinds of weapons ...
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How to build a Nuclear Pistol?

I came across the design of a nuclear pistol from a deviantart artist, shown here: I want to know if this can actually be built. My additions: The “egg” needs not be uranium, which has a huge ...
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Where should the terrorist destroy to destablize global economy [closed]

In my story(setting--modern day), a group of terrorist got one nuclear device from North Korea(50-100 kiloton). Their goal is to destablize global economy so the common people in first world nation (...
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Realistically, what type of weapon is the best at delivering a specific radiation in space battle?

It's 20 years into the future, and humanity is (trying to) reaching for the stars. And congratulation, we have met a lot of quirky alien civilization, as per SF tradition. Unfortunately, this isn't ...
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What happen if a giant cargo ship full of nuclear weapons crash-landed? [closed]

This is a big boi cargo ship we're talking about, the kind so large that it can't "blast off" - it has to be built in space and stay there. It is definitely not death-star sized. Let's say it's as big ...
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Can one guy with a duplicator initiate a nuclear apocalypse?

The setting: Present day. The country is up to you. Whatever would be easiest. The guy: Highly skilled. Maybe ex-Marine? Special forces? You can have him be "top of his class" at just about ...
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How to make nukes useless?

I am currently trying to write a story about a World War 3, but the major issue I am having is the presence of nuclear weapons. I want the war to constantly escalate to a point where it becomes a ...
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What are the chances of national superpower declaring war and launching nukes at each other over remaining petroleum reserves? [closed]

I am a fan of the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. In the beginning of the movie, people speak of "Oil Wars" and people "Killing for Guzzolene (Gasoline)". But what are the odds of that happening? And could ...
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Realistic nuclear land mine in megaton range

Situation: there is an are of likely attack, something in line of Fulda Gap which looks indefensible in case of serious war, so classical approach would be just a barrage of tactical nukes the value ...
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How to shrink the human population? [closed]

So I'm writing a post apocalyptic story. Basically, a war happens and after a solar storm there's very few human survivors on Earth. This world has "magic" crystals, rocks that emanate energy. The ...
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Nuclear Space Defence!

So I'm going for a pretty realistic setting and I don't like shields, they break the style of realism I'm going for. So for the most part defence is accomplished by dodging (which at the incredible ...
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Tsar Bomba Red Forest [closed]

Since 1986, a thousand square miles of eastern Europe is off-limits to average people. That is because of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Ironically, the fact that people aren't allowed in the ...
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Solar Flare disabling Nuclear Weapon defenses?

I have a nuclear post-apocalypse that isn't 100% depressing. It's only 95% so. /s I was contemplating an origin story of a solar flare doing some rather nasty things to circuitry related to nuclear ...
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Single-use nuke-propelled mass driver spaceship

So this is in the context where space battles are fought by ships that are little more than giant railguns (or other electromagnetic mass drivers), and therefore are fought at extreme ranges with very ...
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Apocalypse by Atomic Catalyst

This question is a continuation of Unprepared and Without a Homeworld. The premise of this idea is that a substance called an Atomic Catalyst exists that can lower the temperature at which particles ...
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Suspicious helicopter-borne relief packages

Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom, is sitting in the ruins of New York City, busily extracting iron and steel from the rubble in order to turn it into railgun slugs - and also extracting any survivors ...
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Suppose I have an Earth sized planet whose oceans are made of pure glass - what would be the effect of striking said oceans with nuclear bombs? [closed]

This question was prompted to me by my answer I gave to this question. In it I stated that an Earth sized planet would satisfy the criteria if it's oceans were made of glass or at least regions of ...
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How dangerous is a 500-year-old nuclear warhead?

Inspired by this question: For several excellent reasons, a 500-year-old nuclear warhead is not going to produce an actual nuclear explosion. But that doesn't mean it's not dangerous anymore. ...
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A world where nuclear fission does not produce radioactivity [closed]

I think the title explains it, but I am interested in how a world might differ from our own if fission had no radioactivity associated with the fuel, process, or waste/byproducts. The obvious answers ...
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How long could a nuclear warhead remain functioning underground?

So, in my world, a nuclear war engulfed the Earth in the autumn of 1962. It is now the year 2568. In my story, a cult of mutants known as “The Followers Of Uranius” have sprung up in Kansas City. ...
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How long would it take to nuke an alien spaceship in orbit?

Some gigantic, and presumably evil, alien spaceship has taken up residence in LEO. This spacecraft is ominously blocking all satellite communications, and launching smaller flying saucers towards the ...
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Losing Knowledge

Is it plausible to create a world in which the people who live inside it developed technologies like the ones we had in WW2, but after their progress came to a halt they forgot their knowledge. ...
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What missile defence system can defend a country from thermonuclear ICBMs? [closed]

I have a fictitious country, let’s call it Democratica, which is a democratic western nation, threatened by a neighbouring communist state (called Sovietania.) Sovietania has a number of Soviet and ...
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How would a nuclear blast affect me? [closed]

We all know what's a nuclear bomb, but how would a nuclear bomb affect the human body, for example, let's say a nuclear bomb as powerful as The Fatman 1000m away from me, would I survive the blast? ...
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How to eliminate mankind: concentrated nukes or scattered ones?

Assume the entire governments of US and Russia are possessed by aliens from beyond to use nuclear weapons to exterminate the human race. For now ignore the fact that there are may be more effective ...