Science: No!

As by-products of the atomic bomb, the Army's civilian scientists piled up a wealth of new methods and materials useful to peace. Among the most promising: the radioactive elements from the uranium-plutonium piles at Hanford, Washington. But when U.S. industry asked the Army for more information, it got a brisk, firm "No!" One rejected applicant was W. G. Green, president of Well Surveys Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He wanted to consult "some technically qualified person" about using radioactive synthetics in the oil-well testing business. He got the brush-off.

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