Science: The Bomb Site

Cattle and sheep graze over the vast domain of the Atomic Energy Commission's Nevada Test Site northwest of Las Vegas, which saw its last nuclear explosion in 1958 when the U.S. and Russia informally agreed to stop testing. But the specter of the bomb still hangs over the landscape: the man who cares for the cattle rides the range with a radiation counter clipped to his shirt pocket. Last week, with resumption of testing still in the balance, the atomic cowpoke had plenty of company. Never abandoned by the AEC, the test site has...

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