A Cold, Dark Apocalypse

Two new portraits of doomsday add fuel to the arms debate

Nuclear-war scenarios have been so numerous, and portrayed so vividly in movies and on TV for so many years, that it might seem they had lost all power to shock. Not so, at least in the case of a new script formally presented last week at a scientific conference in Washington. To the applause of disarmament enthusiasts, who promptly predicted that many new adherents will now be won over to their cause, the blue-chip conference posited catastrophe for a reason few had imagined: a...

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