Science: Trial by Smoke

In the atomic age, you can't be too careful about your neighbors. When an atomic pile is at work, it releases radioactive gases (invisible but deadly) that are sure to get around the neighborhood. This problem has been worrying Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is building a pile. It has also worried nervous Long Islanders who live near the laboratory.

Last week Brookhaven meteorologists started shooting harmless oil smoke from a 420-ft. tower on the laboratory grounds. Meteorologists were assigned to trace the smoke and note just where it went and how quickly it...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!