Science: Taming the Atom

The atomic dragon's trainers are learning how to gentle him. They have a long way to go. The dragon is still too fractious to harness; his fiery breath is still deadly. But last week the trainers announced important progress; atomic energy may yet do more good than harm. Some day the dragon may be yoked to a plowshare.

At Los Alamos, N.Mex., the atomic Forbidden City, the physicists described a gentle atom bomb. It contains enough "fissionable material" to vaporize its surroundings. But instead of exploding, it smolders as quietly as a furnace banked for the night.

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