Science: Amateur A-Bomb?

The carefully written note contained a message that was frighteningly clear. Unless city officials paid the letter writer $1 million and assured him safe passage out of the country, he would set off an H-bomb in the middle of town. To make matters worse, the note was accompanied by a credible-looking diagram of a thermonuclear weapon. Consulted by city officials, experts at the Atomic Energy Commission refused to say for certain that the would-be bomber was not fully capable of carrying out his threat.

This melodramatic incident was not conjured up by a TV...

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