This is the coolest/scariest video you will see all day. The best part – it plays like an old school video game.
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998.
Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen.
(It starts really slow — if you want to see some real action, skip ahead to 1956 or so. By 1962 the buildup becomes overwhelming.)