Science: Peacetime Fission

Atomic energy for peaceful purposes looked closer, but not very close. In a conspicuously close-mouthed report to Bernard M. Baruch, U.S. representative on the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, a group of scientists announced last week that atomic power for industrial use would cost only 23% more than power from coal at the current U.S. East Coast price of $7 a ton to power companies. A 75,000-kilowatt pile of the Hanford type, adapted for power production and using natural uranium, could be built for $25,000,000.

If the price of coal were to rise above...

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