Science: What Happened

In Washington last week, a U.S. mission, sent to Japan to study the action and effects of The Bomb, was still mulling over the evidence. Many facts remained secret, but those released gave the U.S. people a heart-stopping preview of atomic war.

For the first time, the U.S. people had some exact, scientific facts on what happened when The Bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At about 1,800 feet above ground (Japanese figure), it turned into a blue-white ball of energy as bright as a thousand suns. Its initial temperature, if known, has not been told. (The figure, reading in millions...

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