Nuclear Energy: Instant Canals

Nuclear explosives are almost always so spectacularly destructive that their more constructive capabilities are sometimes overlooked. But not by the persistent U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. The AEC's latest annual report testifies to its determination to get some lasting benefit for man out of nuclear bangs.

The cost of a nuclear explosion is by now far less than the price of the chemical explosives that would be needed to produce the same effects. The chief disadvantage is the radioactivity that may be tossed into the air or left behind in the ground. Now, according to the AEC, this drawback does not...

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