Science: A Touch of Sun

To most of the U.S. public the hydrogen bomb was still a direful novelty last week, but to scientists there was little new about it. Long before the discovery of uranium fission they had known that familiar, plentiful hydrogen could make prime nuclear fuel. They had even demonstrated on a laboratory scale some of its nuclear reactions. They could not make the process work practically, but whenever they felt discouraged, they looked up at the shining sun whose radiation, derived from hydrogen, is the vital force of the world.

The sun, in sober fact,...

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