Most extraordinary passenger vessel since Robert Fulton’s Clermont, the N.S. (nuclear ship) Savannah can circle the globe almost 15 times on a single charge of nuclear fuel. This floating demonstration of the peaceful use of atomic energy already is setting new performance records. The Atomic Energy Commission and the Maritime Administration built the Savannah to be the safest ship afloat.
Wow, a Strontium 90 powered lamp doesn’t seem like the best idea.
Keeping Up With the Atom
LARGEST atomic power plant contracted for in the U.S. is the $45,000,000 installation General Electric will build for Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago. A scale model (right) of the dual-cycle boiling reactor plant, which will generate 180,000 kilowatts, was shown at the Geneva atomic conference and later taken to Chicago for public exhibition. Individual earphones connected with the model bring a description of the project to the listener in English, French, Spanish and Russian. The reactor will be built at the junction of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers, southwest of Chicago, with completion planned for 1960.
November 2011 was the sixtieth anniversary of cobalt 60 being first used to treat cancer successfully in a Canadian woman.
In a Single Spoon… the power of all the world’s radium
So terrifyingly powerful is Cobalt 60 — radio-active offspring of the atom bomb and great new weapon in the fight against cancer — that a single spoonful produces as much radiation as all the radium in the world.
And Cobalt 60 is but one of many radio-active isotopes, spawned by the Atomic Age, that offer benefits and advances in medicine, industry and agriculture. Realization of these promises depends in part on development of economical and versatile materials for shielding the ffhot” isotopes.
WHAT IS YOUR ATOMIC IQ?
By J. Robert Connor
GREEK philosophers some 2,000 years ago are believed to be the first people to theorize that there were tiny and invisible particles in all matter. They named these particles atoms. To give you an idea of the smallness of these particles, it is said that if all the people of the world were as tiny as atoms, we would all be able to stand on the head of a pin! Since the atom seems to offer us a bright future, barring war, we should know something about it. This quiz is designed to test your atomic acumen. How do you rate?
Exploding Three Mile Island
Think back. It hasn’t been that long ago. Pennsylvania looked like it might be blown off the map any minute, turned into a radioactive no-man’s-land forever. “Permanently uninhabitable” was the way they said it in the movie, The China Syndrome.
That’s the trouble. A lot of people said a lot of things. And a lot of it just wasn’t true. Not even close.
Take the hydrogen bubble that made all the headlines. Bubble, nothing. The implication was time bomb, ticking away. And that would’ve frightened anybody who didn’t have a degree in chemistry.
This is an oddly progressive ad in that it says they are looking for men and women. Most just say men. Of course, it’s in the middle of nowhere, so they might have been running short of girls.
…IN THE AGE OF NUCLEAR AND THERMONUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT
Interested in it? So are we!
For here at world-famous Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, responsible for unleashing the terrifying power of the atom, we are now pioneering in harnessing this power for beneficial uses.
There is exciting adventure in the application of nuclear and thermonuclear energy to weapons, power and propulsion. Supporting these diverse activities here at Los Alamos are many challenging projects in basic physics, chemistry, metallurgy, mathematics and engineering.
Prelude to Atomic Energy
They’re moving mountains in South Africa. With the aid of Amberlite® ion exchange resins, sparsely distributed uranium is being selectively extracted from clay residues of gold mining. In Canada, on the Colorado Plateau, and in many other parts of the world, Amberlite resins are also easing the uranium refiner’s job.
The Truth About… Our Weather and the A-Bomb
Many people, including weathermen, are inclined to believe that the atomic blasts are the cause of the vicious tornadoes, hurricanes, wind and rain storms that have swept across our country. MI Editors asked Eric Sloane, noted meteorologist, for his opinion. Here’s what he has to say.
THERE’S little doubt about our changing climate. The fierce winters of yesterday are disappearing, tornadoes and hurricanes are becoming more vicious and weather trends aren’t trends” any more. They can’t be depended upon. Just about anything can happen—and does.
Undoubtedly someone will accuse me of wanting to nuke dogs now.
These Dogs Are Really “Hot”
Radioactive beagles are pointing the way to better safety devices for workers in atomic energy plants.
A PACK of 300 sad-eyed, floppy eared beagles are serving as canine guinea pigs in an unusual University of Utah project designed to investigate the hazards of industrial radioactivity. Financed by the Atomic Energy Commission and directed by Dr. John Bowers, the studies will show what happens to bone and tissue when radioactive substances are injected into the dogs.
A-POWERED TRAINS IN GLASS TUBES
They’ll give airliner speeds plus weather-free reliability.
By Frank Tinsley
THE train of the future, whipping passengers vast distances through continent-girdling tubes at speeds and in comfort far surpassing that of modern air travel, is no longer merely a dream in the minds of our more imaginative designers and engineers. This old idea (New York’s first working subway train was sucked through a tube) has been brought well within the realm of probability—and the hero of this advance is, as has so often been the case in the history of technology, a new material.