Science: Atomic Furnace

Talk of atomic power for peaceful purposes is usually treated only as a hope for the distant, peaceful future. At last week's Chicago meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atomic Energy Commissioner Eugene M. Zuckert had better news. Said Zuckert: "Scientists had thought of atomic power as being economically practical ten or 15 years hence. We suddenly find that power from atomic energy seems closer at hand . . . Even in the six months I have been with the commission there is a noticeable quickening of interest in atomic energy."

Most estimates of the cost of atomic power, said Zuckert, have...

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