Breathe Easy, Nuke Workers

Breathe Easy, Nuke Workers

Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque has been busy developing nuclear weapons ever since World War II. With the cold war over, lab planners shelled out $900,000 to hire Being First Inc., a consulting team from Berkeley, to help redefine Sandia's mission. But the consultants' New Age methods have produced grumbling among the lab's 8,500 employees. In one stress-reduction seminar, employees were asked to lie on the floor in a dark room for deep- breathing exercises. Lab officials insist that such efforts will help persuade their federal overseers that Sandia is keeping up with the times. "We want to be the most...

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