Science: Terminal Leave

The atom was looking for jobs in private industry.

Last week the War Department announced that it would finance a $20,000,000 nuclear research laboratory at "The Knolls," near Schenectady, N.Y. Complete with "uranium reactor," powerful atom smashers, a "hot lab" and other baleful equipment, it would work in close cooperation with General Electric Co.'s great new research laboratory, now under construction. Principal objective: atomic power for peaceful purposes.

Said atomic General Leslie R. Groves: "This will be the fourth in the network of laboratories established by the Manhattan Project. . . . [It] will be transferred to the Atomic Energy Commission as part...

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