Science: Artificial Arctic

In an abandoned laundry in Wilmette Ill., scientists working for the U.S. Army are patiently defrosting the arctic's icies secrets. While comic-strip artists fight th next war in outer space, the men in Wilmette are learning to defend a closer battle line: the frigid wasteland that arcs across the top of the world.

Enemy bombers, winging over the pole could best be knocked down from polar bases—out of range of American cities. And U.S. planes, heading north, would welcome arctic bases. But the little that the armed services have already learned from their arctic operations has made one thing clear:...

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