Science: Elemental Debate

Even before détente, Russian and American scientists were trading views, visits and even data. But the cordial atmosphere is occasionally clouded by acrimony. Last week, for the third time in a decade, the scientific cold war between the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and the Soviet Union's Joint Institute for Nuclear Research at Dubna, near Moscow, erupted anew. As before, the argument was over who had been first to manufacture the latest manmade* element.

The synthesis of element No. 106 was announced last week by a Berkeley team led by Physicist Albert...

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