Science: Atomic Duds

One of the secondary possibilities of atomic war, says Chemist Jack De Ment, in The Military Engineer, is atomic duds. During a bombing attack, one city may be spared while other cities near by are heavily bombed. But into the heart of the untouched city, the enemy may drop a peculiar, ominous object to start a destructive panic.

No one could tell immediately the true nature of the object. It might be a genuine dud, i.e., an atomic bomb that did not explode as intended. It might be a delayed-action bomb, or it might be...

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