Science: New Pride of the Prairie

In almost every respect, it staggers the imagination. Built at a cost of $250 million by the Atomic Energy Commission, it sprawls over 6,800 acres of prairie land near Batavia, Ill., 30 miles west of Chicago. Its principal feature is a circular tunnel four miles in circumference. For every minute of operation, it requires around 1,400 gal. of cooling water. Using it for a single experiment will demand the services of dozens of scientists and technicians, countless hours of preparation and expenditures of many thousands of dollars.

The strange new pride of the prairie is the world's largest and most powerful atom...

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