Science: Nuclear Roadblocks

As President Eisenhower was giving the go-ahead on the release of 88,000 Ibs. of U-235 (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), one atomic expert warned that there are still some major technical roadblocks in the way of "practical, low cost nuclear power." Progress from here on, said Sylvania Electric Products' Engineer Stanley B. Roboff, "will be only as fast as we can develop new and better materials for use in reactors."

Theoretically, said Roboff, nuclear power plants will "outperform all existing types of power-generating plants." Such plants are not now being built, he told an audience...