Science: Atomic Age: New Phase

The original Atomic Energy Act of 1946 provided that, besides being used for weapons, "the development and utilization of atomic energy shall, so far as practicable, be directed toward improving the public welfare, increasing the standard of living, strengthening free competition in private enterprise, and promoting world peace." This dream has not come true. Since the high hopes of 1946 the chief product of atomic development, both in the U.S. and abroad, has been an increasing stockpile of increasingly destructive bombs.

Last week, in a momentous Chicago speech, AEC Commissioner Thomas E. Murray...

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