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The test scheduled for this Tuesday is code-named Mighty Oak. If all goes as planned, a U.S. nuclear device will explode in a tunnel beneath the dry lake beds of Nevada, some 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. On the scale of modern tests, it rates as a penny-ante blast, releasing a mere 20 kilotons of explosive power, equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT. Such a test usually does nothing more than rattle the china in a few Nevada closets. But this time the shock waves could reverberate around the world.

The Nevada explosion, designed to test the effects of radiation...

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