Science: Take It Easy

Early one morning in 1953, a bouncing sound wave hit Cedar City, Utah (pop. 6,106) with the bang of a ton of explosives. People tumbled out of their beds and ran into the streets, thinking it was an earthquake. No one told them that a "nuclear device" 175 miles away could produce such a sound-effect.

The Atomic Energy Commission is taking no chances this time with the sonic aftereffects of its Nevada bomb tests. A team of experts led by Dr. Alvin Graves, scientific advisor for bomb-testing, has just returned from a mission of...

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