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A staggering 84% of respondents globally believe that the world became more dangerous in the past year, according to a recent IPSOS poll. IPSOS conducted the survey across 30 countries from September 22 to October 6, 2023, just before the Israel-Hamas war erupted on October 7, 2023.
In a groundbreaking development, an international research team has propelled atomic clocks into a new era by utilizing nuclear transitions in atomic scandium instead of electronic transitions. Conducted at the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser facility, this advance is poised to usher in a thousandfold increase in timekeeping precision, as detailed in the journal Nature.
China, as of 2022, is on a trajectory to possess over 1,000 operational nuclear warheads by 2030, with many of these deployed at higher readiness levels. This nuclear force is expected to continue growing until 2035, aligning with its objective of completing the modernization of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) by that year, according to the latest report of the US Department of Defense (DoD). This marks a crucial milestone toward President Xi Jinping's goal of establishing a "world-class" military by 2049.
Ukraine and Russia accused each other of planning to attack the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, one of the largest nuclear power plants in the world. However, neither side provided concrete evidence to support their claims of an imminent threat to the facility, which is currently occupied by Russian troops.
In the midst of rising geopolitical tensions, Nuclear power states are actively modernizing and expanding their arsenals, according to SIPRI Yearbook 2023.
Russia on March 27, 2023,said it would not change its plans of deploying tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, the neighbouringcountry and a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin despite the growing criticisms globally. Two days ago,Putin had declared that his country would stationsome of the tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.
North Korea on February 19 tested a Hwasong-15 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), which they said showed its readiness for “mobile and mighty...
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