Science: The Active Straw

As atom-jumpy as most of the rest of mankind, Dr. Chauncey G. Suits of General Electric last week jumped to a conclusion. When Dr. Suits heard that some mysterious radioactivity was affecting photographic film at an Eastman Kodak plant, he mused out loud. Eastman, he told newsmen, was probably getting a drizzle of uneasy isotopes from the atomic bombs exploded in New Mexico or Japan. He was later proved not quite right—but not quite wrong enough for comfort.

Yes, announced Eastman, it had had a bit of radium trouble some time ago. A batch of film had been spoiled by packing it...

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