Science: Popping Atoms Open

The atom, tightest bundle of matter which man knows, would be a morning glory pod popping out its electron and proton seeds, if physicists had an electric current of sufficiently high voltage at their hands. General Electric jupiters and Westinghouse thors have produced 5,000,000 volts of static electricity for an instant's duration. Their passing flashes have been useful only to indicate the nature of natural lightning. General Electric's William David Coolidge two years ago succeeded in ramming 350,000 volts through three special vacuum tubes connected in tandem. He got the cumulative,...

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