Science: Rumor Scotched

Rumors of bigger & better atomic bombs chilled the blood of the many who heard them. The new models, said rumor, would be one thousand, or one hundred thousand, times as powerful as the bomb used at Nagasaki. Exploded high in the stratosphere they would devastate whole states, exterminate whole nations.

Last fortnight, the frightening rumors crossed the Atlantic and chilled Professor Harold J. Laski, articulate British socialist (TIME, April 29). The U.S., cried Laski, possessed an atomic masterpiece so powerful that five of them could destroy the whole of the U.S. south...

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