Science: Calling All Crackpots

Anybody have any ideas about how to defend the U.S. against rockets? Guided missiles? Atomic bombs? Free-lance inventors are frequently regarded as crackpots—but not in Washington, these days. Last week the National Inventors Council called on scientists, engineers and amateur inventors to submit schemes for atomic-age warfare. Practically any approach to the problem will be carefully considered: how to disperse a population, how to guard against radioactivity, specially designed buildings, interception gadgets, warning devices.

Charles F. Kettering, the Council's chairman (and head of research at General Motors), has considerable faith in freelance gadgeteers. During World War II, the Kettering theory paid off...

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