Science: Don't Look Now

Sightseeing during an atomic bombing is unwise; it may destroy the sight of anyone who is otherwise safe from the heat and blast. This is the warning of Ophthalmologist Heinrich W. Rose and Biophysicist Konrad Buettner, who looked into the matter at the Air Force School of Aviation Medicine.

In the case of a "nominal" (Nagasaki-type) atomic bomb, the heat cooks the skin up to two miles away. But if a person happens to be looking at the detonation, he will certainly be blinded permanently at more than four miles away, and even at a...

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