Nearly 50 years after being introduced during the height of the Cold War, a nuclear warhead 600 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb is being disassembled. USA Today reports that the last components of the B53 will be dismantled Tuesday at the Plantex plant in Amarillo, Texas a year ahead of schedule. The chief of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration calls the move "a significant milestone", in line with President Obama's plan to reduce America's nuclear arsenal.
Why was the 10,000 pound warhead designed to be so powerful? The B53 was designed to destroy facilities deep underground. Read the full article.