Banning nuclear testing: lessons from the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site. This is a good short history of the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site. Top photo by me: Lake Balapan, excavated by a nuclear device. It is almost exactly the same size as Sedan Crater at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, which was excavated similarly.
Anatoly Chernyaev, influential foreign policy aide to Mikhail Gorbachev, dies at 95. His life spanned so much history:
Anatoly Sergeevich Chernyaev was born in Moscow on May 25, 1921, into the family of a former tsarist officer.