Science: Atoms Without Bombs

The U.S. is full of nuclear physics laboratories and most of them, even in the universities, work on secret projects for the armed services or the Atomic Energy Commission. Armed men guard the doors; visitors must be "cleared" and identified with badges. Many potential users of peaceful aspects of nuclear energy hesitate to take their problems to the guarded laboratories lest they get entangled in restriction too.

Last week the University of Michigan started a fund-raising drive for its "Phoenix Project": a nonGovernment, nonsecret center of nuclear research. Already, $750,000 has been given or...

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