Science: Molten Energy

In November 1959 when Hawaii's Kilauea Iki volcano suddenly erupted and formed a lava pool 300 ft. deep in its own crater, no one in the neighborhood saw any particular reason to cheer. But at the University of California's Livermore Radiation Laboratory, the news brought joy to the hearts of a pair of bright young scientists. To Geologist Donald Rawson, 26, and Physicist Gary Higgins, 33, the new lava pool sounded like an ideal testing site for a key phase of the Atomic Energy Commission's Project Plowshare: a plan for harnessing a steam-powered...

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