Science: Naked City

The National Security Resources Board wanted to know what an atom-bomb attack would do to the city of Washington. Last week the Atomic Energy Commission was ready with an answer. The report did not make pleasant reading for Washingtonians or for the inhabitants of any city that is a worthwhile target.

The AEC does not agree with the theory—advanced by a Navy witness in the Congressional hearings on the Navy's revolt against unification—that atom bombs are not so destructive. They are extremely destructive, said the AEC report. The report considered only the effects...

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