Nation: Hot Spots in the Land of Sticks

Eskimos call it "the Land of the Little Sticks" because Arctic winds and bitter cold keep its stunted pines from growing beyond the thickness of a finger. But as Operation Morning Light continued in the Canadian wilderness near Great Slave Lake, the searchers discovered remnants of the nuclear-powered Cosmos 954: man-made sticks of radioactive metal stuck in the frozen tundra and ice-covered lakes. At least five chunks of the fallen Soviet spy satellite were located. One, a mere 10 in. long and ½in. thick, was emitting enough radiation to kill anyone foolish...

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