Science: Portable Atomic Power

The development of atomic power, unlike the production of atomic weapons, has only recently begun to show signs of real progress. The few experimental nuclear power reactors now in operation (e.g., at Arco. Idaho and Oak Ridge, Tenn.) have yet to match conventional power plants in cost per kilowatt. Last week the Army and the Atomic Energy Commission announced plans for a significant practical advance in the field of atomic power: a compact, 1.700-kilowatt nuclear power plant that can be broken down and airlifted piece by piece to U.S. bases overseas.

Officially dubbed the Army Package Power Reactor, the new device...

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