International: TWELVE POINTS

From the mass of fact and solid inference about atomic fission, TIME has abstracted twelve key points:

1. Atomic weapons will overshadow peacetime uses of atomic energy, at least until the world is confident that it has atomic weapons under control. Materials used in atomic-energy plants could easily be converted into bombs.

2. No military or scientific defense can be expected.

3 Breaking up cities is the only practical defense idea so far advanced; one plan for redistributing U.S. population and key industries would cost $250 billion.

4. Much larger atomic charges are in prospect....

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