Science: Magnetic Bottle

Project Sherwood, the secret U.S. program to achieve controlled thermonuclear (atomic fusion) power, came ever so slightly into the open last week. After attending a secret conference of 350 Sherwood men at Gatlinburg, Tenn., Dr. Edward Teller, leading authority on thermonuclear processes, delivered a complicated paper before an unclassified meeting of the American Nuclear Society at Chicago.

Teller's speech did not give the present status of U.S. thermonuclear research, but it did give a great deal of background, new to most outsiders, about the path (or one of the paths) that Project Sherwood...

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