Science: Sun Gun

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Some of the 1,200 German scientists volunteered to go to the U.S. and Britain to continue their research. The Allies are discussing plans to assign many to work on new weapons against Japan.

*U.S. Diplomat Herbert Agar, an ex-newsman and a greater expert on propaganda than on science, said in London last week: "If the war had gone on another six months ... it was probable that someone would have learned to break the atom without controlling it. ... There was a danger that the Germans would have learned . . . first. . . ."

†The British last week revealed a fantastic antiaircraft weapon of their own: aerial minefields. Laid by old bombers just before an air attack, the air mines were suspended from balloons and small parachutes by piano wire; when a plane hit the lower part of the wire, the delicately attached mine would slide down and hit the plane. The British claimed that air mines downed at least a half-dozen German planes over London during the blitz. Once a small boy found a wire lying on the ground, yanked it, blew up a house six blocks away.

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