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Uncle Sam is paying fortunes these days for uranium ore, and it’s easy to find, too. What are you waiting for?

By Lester David

ABOUT a year ago, a tall chap from Minneapolis l knocked at the door of the Atomic Energy Commission headquarters in Grand Junction, Col., and asked to see one of the staff scientists. Ushered into the office of Dr. Al Rasor, he said he’d heard a lot about uranium prospecting and would like to try his hand.

Lead Shields Protect Men Filming Radium Story (Jan, 1938)

Given that radioactivity was discovered by Henri Becquerel when he noticed that Uranium salts were fogging his photographic plates, you’d think the film makers would have thought of this problem ahead of time.

Lead Shields Protect Men Filming Radium Story

DURING the filming of a motion picture dramatizing the use of radium, elaborate precautions were observed to protect workers from the element’s radiations. The cameraman operated behind a lead shield featuring a glass panel, while a workman who handled the radium used flexible gauntlets of fabricated lead and wool which were attached to a special observation shield of lead and glass.

Production was almost halted when the camera film became cloudy and diffused through exposure to the radium radiations but technicians were able to develop a film suitable for the job.

$140,000.00 in Radium for the U.S. (May, 1929)

$140,000.00 in Radium for the U.S.

AN OLD time saying that “Valuable things come in small packages” was borne out recently when the United States customs officials received a shipment of radium from Congo. Africa. $140,000 in radium was delivered in the small box that is shown to the left. This box contained a special lead cylinder within which a glass tube of radium was packed. Lead is the only metal that will keep the penetrating rays of radium in check. This metal not only safeguards the people who must handle the radium but minimizes the chances of breakage.

New Optical Radioactivity Detector – GEIGER SCOPE (Nov, 1954)

New Optical Radioactivity Detector – GEIGER SCOPE

Now you can check minerals for uranium with this amazingly sensitive, inexpensive device. For prospectors, engineers, experimenters, gadgeteers, everyone interested in atomic energy. Now being used in atomic energy laboratories and major universities. Indicates radioactive content with sparkles of light. Sturdy, durable, portable as a pocket watch; needs no power source.

FASHIONS for the ATOMIC AGE (Nov, 1954)


Hermaticaily sealed plastic suits developed by General Electric for men who work in their atomic plants, protect them against deadly effects of radiation in contaminated areas.

Man crawls through tunnel which is connected to tail of suit and serves as an entrance and exit Tunnel also brings in clean air from the outside.

ATOMIC ART (Nov, 1954)

Dr Wheeler passed away in 1999.  Obituary may be found here (PDF)


By Gene Bylinsky

WHILE trying to “tag” microscopic fungi with the use of radioactive isotopes in 1951 for the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Harry Wheeler, Associate Professor of Botany at Louisiana State University, discovered that when the tiny fungi were given radioactive food and placed upon photographic paper they would take pictures of themselves. Working with his wife Naomi and Mrs. Caroline Durieux, under whom his wife was studying print-making methods, they tried using isotopes for prints—with great success.

Untold Facts About the H-Bomb (Sep, 1954)

In the entire article he uses the word radiation twice and never mentions radioactivity at all.

Untold Facts About the H-Bomb

Despite its great power, the biggest hell-weapon can’t destroy the world.

By Martin Caidin

For the last four years Martin Caidin has been Atomic Warfare Specialist for the New York State Civil Defense Commission. He is considered a leading authority on the subjects of atomic and hydrogen bomb warfare and has dealt intimately with the defense problems against radiological, biological and chemical warfare.

Mr. Caidin visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the post-war years and has conferred with many leading Japanese military figures on what happened within these two cities immediately after the bombing.

NEW in SCIENCE (Aug, 1951)


Uranium Test Kit designed to fit in your pocket, will make a positive identification in five minutes. Chemical bead is formed on wire, fused with crushed ore, then examined for lemon-yellow fluorescence under Ultra-Violet light. Menlo Lab., Menlo Park, Calif.

Dust Collector made from four tank-type vacuum cleaners measures soil erosion in conservation research at Kansas State College. The portable wind tunnel, rear, starts the dust flying. Samples are taken at four different heights in tunnel.

How to PROSPECT for Atomic Minerals (Jul, 1947)

How to PROSPECT for Atomic Minerals

World-wide race for radioactive minerals is on! New deposits in U. S. being found constantly. Thrilling opportunity. Tells how to find URANIUM, THORIUM, CARNOTITE. PITCHBLENDE, etc. All needed in Atomic Research. Full instructions by mail only 25c. Tells . . .


Be among first to use famous Geiger Counter. Seeks out Radioactive Minerals. Own your own or rent for vacation. New Uranium deposits may be found in any state. Send 25c for instructions now. Supply limited.

3623 Lake St. ,Dept. PS-2, Omaha 3, Nebr.

An Underground Laboratory for Studying Radium Rays (May, 1930)

An Underground Laboratory for Studying Radium Rays

NEW advances are being made daily in a study of radium rays, cosmic rays, and X-rays. Cancer and other diseases are being treated and the effect of these powerful rays upon various forms of life are being noted. Science is probing deep into the mysteries of ray treatment.

Prof. E. B. Babcock, of the University of California, has constructed for himself a strange laboratory underground in a speculative study of the effects of radium rays.