Science: AEC Unlimited

The often-attacked Atomic Energy Commission submitted to Congress this week its sixth semiannual report, dealing mainly with its peaceful, nonsecret activities. The list of these is impressive, for atomic energy, as befits a revolution in human affairs, touches nearly every branch of science.

Department of Research. In its three hectic years, AEC has grown into something very like a federal department of research. Its three great national laboratories (Brookhaven on Long Island, Argonne at Chicago, and Oak Ridge, Tenn.) are becoming major centers of scientific life. Smaller AEC laboratories are sprouting up all...

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