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Culture, Stage The Nuclear Option

The Nuclear Option

At a recent press conference for Doctor Atomic, a new opera about the events leading up to the first nuclear test on July 16, 1945, at Los Alamos, N.M., I made the mistake of asking the chief architects of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cloud Burst

Cloud Burst

A 300-foot flame rose into Nevada's pre-dawn desert sky on July 16, and 100 onlookers stood transfixed, watching the moonlike landscape brighten under a fiery mushroom cloud. The genesis of this jaw-dropping spectacle? Six large fans rigged with nozzles spraying…
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News, The Apologist

Remember Los Alamos!

It's been a rough couple of years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the remote New Mexico facility established during World War II to help build the first atomic bomb. Last year, most classified work at the lab was shut down…
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News, Bay View Bugging Out

Bugging Out

Facing a court challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy has delayed plans for a controversial biodefense lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. But DOE officials insist that a similar "hot lab" intended for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory…
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News, Feature A Question of Risk

A Question of Risk

For more than 10 months, U.S. and coalition forces have scoured Iraq for biological weapons and the laboratories that may have produced them. Here at home, with little media scrutiny, the Bush administration is pursuing plans to build advanced labs…
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News, Feature

Building a Better Bomb

It's difficult to pinpoint an exact moment when we stopped worrying about The Bomb. Maybe it was during the winter of 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down. Or two years later, when the Soviet Union's collapse was assured. But…
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