Entomology: Hot Wasp Nests

Near Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee is a green woodland dot with man-made pits and a steadily pond. Both pits and pond been used for the disposal of ra wastes, so an 8-ft. chain-link fringed with barbed wire keeps people away from the dangers. Unmanned monitor stations, looking like small refrigerators packed with instruments, keep for signs of trouble. Last sum some of the monitors began to give high readings. One reported than one roentgen per hour, and takes an accumulated dose of only roentgens to kill a man.

Mud in the Monitor. Somehow, radioactive mud seemed to be...

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