Science: The Problem of Fallout

How serious is the threat presented to man by fallout—the radioactive debris that settles invisibly over the earth after test explosions? Reactions range from unconcern to the near side of panic. Alarmed by recent announcements of sizable fail-out increases over North America since the U.S. and Soviet nuclear tests in October, a subcommittee of the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy held hearings last week, listened to scientists' reports addressed to two pivotal questions: How much of fission's byproducts —notably strontium 90, which enters the body in food, accumulates in the bones and...

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