Science: Problem of the Age

The experts had yet to come back from Bikini; their studies had still to be tallied. But what they had learned was summed up last week in the heartfelt comment of Admiral William H. P. Blandy: "It's a poison weapon." He could have gone farther. The atomic age will be an age of poison. Even the peaceful use of atomic power will generate deadly rays and radioactive particles. How to guard against them is the first problem of the atomic age.

Nuclear chain reactions, explosive or otherwise, produce four types of destructive radiation: 1) alpha rays (streams of high-speed helium nuclei;; 2)...

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