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September 14, 1992
Regarding your article (Sept. 2) about Soviet misuse of atomic power: These policies may indeed constitute a great crime, particularly Soviet misuse of atomic bombs. But let us keep things in perspective. They never dropped one on anybody. JONATHAN AURTHUR, Santa Monica
April 3, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
With a new and improved atomic clock, the standard of time in America is about to change -- a teeny, tiny bit. For the first time in 15 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, is adding a new official atomic clock, institute officials announced Wednesday -- at 10:02 a.m. PDT precisely. MORE: Medicines and machines, inspired by nature Since 1999 the civilian time and frequency standard in the United States has been NIST-F1, a clock that measures the number of oscillations in a cesium atom's resonant frequency.
February 7, 1988
With a mixture of voodoo metaphysics, bad moral reasoning and bad logic, Lee Dembart argues that the physicists who made the atomic bomb were not responsible for the "nuclear logic" that says that if "someone else has atomic bombs, you don't want to be without them" ("The Birth of an Atomic Standoff," Jan. 29). Dembart reassures us that the physicists didn't create this "terrible state of affairs. The laws of physics did." The laws of physics did no such thing. They are not causal agents; they only describe how things happen in nature under certain conditions.
March 28, 2014 | By Nancy Silverton with Carolynn Carreño
Over the years as a chef, I've become fixated with understanding the intricacies of various ingredients, but I'd never given horseradish a second thought until fairly recently, when I became obsessed with the horseradish cream that my friend Suzanne Tracht serves at her restaurant, Jar. I dine there often, and every time I tasted that sauce - which she serves with her famous pot roast and as a dip for the potato chips she offers at the bar, among other...
August 6, 1995
The most awesome aspect of Miguel Gandert's photographs in Jeff Wheelwright's "The Endless Fascination With Ground Zero" (June 25) is that green shrubs and clumps of grass are growing there only 50 years after the first atomic explosion. Nature has a way of repairing the mistakes of humans. Larry Briggs Twentynine Palms
January 21, 1990
Models have always played a role in the development of public policies that deal with "reality." A case in point is the atomic model of matter, which convinced a number of scientists (and Roosevelt) that an atomic bomb was possible. Thus, it is hardly surprising that people making public policies that could affect the earth's atmosphere are interested in the work of scientists who are modeling it. Models can be wrong. But they are not wrong because they are models. Meteorological models are new and complex.
December 9, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
This year may feel as if it will never end. Now timekeepers are making it even longer by adding a leap second to it. The Earth is slowing down, requiring timekeepers to add an extra second to atomic clocks. The second will be tacked on to Dec. 31 between 6:59:59 and 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The world started adding leap seconds in 1972. This is the first since 2005.
July 17, 2005
ON the whole, I enjoyed Scott Martelle's article "Desert Shares Its Atomic Secrets" [June 26], about his visit to the site where the first atomic bomb tests were conducted. But the article was marred by his comment that "arriving here means revisiting the irresolvable moral question of whether the certain deaths of tens of thousands of Japanese civilians were preferable to the probable deaths of thousands of American troops had the war in the Pacific sputtered on a few more months." This statement was off base.
January 8, 2001
Sen. Alan Cranston certainly possessed a fierce determination against nuclear weapons (obituary, Jan. 1). He evidenced this to me beginning at a dinner party given by one of his staff aides. As soon as he was introduced to me (a professor specializing in the World War II era), he ignored all the others for over half an hour. Closely he questioned me about books and articles concerning America's dropping atomic bombs on Japan. Afterward, for over a year, we carried on a correspondence about the morality of atomic weaponry, with Cranston asking for more and more historiography.
January 25, 1987
No, nature isn't just teasing us, as you ask in your editorial (Jan. 11). It does not have a random, and chaotic nature that we can observe and then a thoroughly ordered sub-atomic world. The accurate predictions made concerning the behavior of sub-atomic particles proves the proficiency of quantum mechanics in explaining their nature. Yet randomness is still found even in this theory. Certainly, predicting exactly where a piece of paper will land when dropped from an outstretched hand is not possible because all of the forces acting upon it cannot be completely and accurately known.
March 21, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Early in his new history of humanity's embrace of nuclear energy and radiation, Craig Nelson writes about the impoverished 19-year-old Manya Sklowdowska and her lover, Casimir Zorawski, the eldest child in a wealthy Polish farming family for whom she worked as a nanny. His parents rejected the girl as below their station. The college-student son acquiesced, married someone else and went on to become a "well-regarded mathematician in Poland. " The jilted Manya became Marie Curie. The story of the star-crossed lovers and the unforeseen consequences of a single decision dovetail nicely with the sweep of our engagement with nuclear science.
November 14, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
Will we never tire of revisiting the middle of the last century? Between “Mad Men” and the craze for Midcentury Modern everything, we seem to be gorging on nostalgia for the Atomic Age. Painter (and actor and comic) Martin Mull's work has long mined the darker side of this era, and his new exhibition at Samuel Freeman continues in that vein. His large black-and-white paintings and a suite of graphite drawings are often surreal mashups of commercial imagery and found photographs.
November 5, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
For anyone interested in the politics of left and right--and in political journalism as it is practiced at the highest level, Orwell's works are indispensable. This week, in the year marks the 110th anniversary of his birth, we present a personal list of his five greatest essays.   Published a mere two and a half months after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Orwell's "You and the Atomic Bomb"  is notable as one of the first efforts to divine the social and political implications of a new weapon of previously unimaginable power.
October 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Thom Yorke has sung often about the disintegration of crucial systems. Now, in a new music video, he's the one falling apart. The video, below, is for "Before Your Very Eyes," the opening track from this year's debut by Yorke's band, Atoms for Peace. That's the L.A.-based side project in which Radiohead's frontman busts out funky post-rock jams alongside pals including Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the animated video -- a sort of sunny West Coast version of Tool's famously dank " Sober " clip -- Yorke's face rises out of an undulating desert landscape, then begins to break up as though it were in the middle of an earthquake.
October 17, 2013 | By Chris Barton
If there's a mission statement for the groove-heavy side-project/supergroup Atoms for Peace, it was delivered rather gently in a near singalong at the end of the band's at times frantic show at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday night. "No more talk about the old days," Thom Yorke cooed, his voice gliding over a bright bass melody from his high-profile collaborator, Flea. "It's time for something great. " Not that greatness would be some big departure for Yorke, who has spent most of his career fronting the innovative and wildly acclaimed Radiohead.
August 22, 2013 | By Eryn Brown, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Atomic clocks built at the official U.S. timekeeping laboratory tick with record-breaking regularity, scientists said - marking an advance that may someday allow researchers to perform new tests of the laws of physics and engineers to perfect technologies such as GPS systems. The ytterbium optical lattice clocks at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colo., achieved a so-called stability of one part in 10 18 . In plain English, that means that “if a clock had been running since the Big Bang, by now it would only be off by one second,” said Vladan Vuletic, a physicist at MIT who was not involved in the work.
August 9, 1994
Re "War Anniversary Hard to Celebrate," by Greg Mitchell, Commentary, Aug. 3: The annual bleeding-heart derby of one-sided tunnel-vision history revisionists has once again begun. They can never convince me that it was wrong to drop the bomb. I'll tell you why. Yes, the attack on Hiroshima was devastating. Yes, there were some 100,000 civilian dead. But it, together with the follow attack on Nagasaki, ended the war in the Pacific. And it prevented, by various military estimates, at least 400,000 American casualties.
August 4, 1985
I am tired of pundits like Bernstein and their crying over the necessity or unnecessity of dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They miss the mark when they play the numbers game over whether only tens of thousands of Americans would have died or whether a million would have if we had not dropped them. The point is that the two bombs created the same havoc in seconds that months of bombing did over Tokyo, or Berlin, for that matter, where we used "simple" fire bombs day in and day out to kill and maim tens of thousands and possibly millions of women and children.
August 12, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Preparing for months of battle over who should pay the estimated $4.1-billion cost of permanently shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant, which closed in June, Southern California Edison has launched a public relations campaign suggesting that ratepayers pick up part of the cost. Who pays - ratepayers, stockholders, equipment manufacturers or insurers - is expected to be a long and thorny dispute before state and federal regulatory agencies as well as in the courts.
July 18, 2013 | By August Brown
Thom Yorke may have recently scuttled his band Atoms for Peace's relationship with Spotify. But that doesn't mean he's not interested in trying new digital ways to get his music into fans' hands. Atoms for Peace says it'll upload live performances from two of its upcoming shows at London's Roundhouse in nearly real time on the burgeoning platform Soundhalo . The service, previously used by acts such as Alt-J, is designed to deliver high-quality video and sound taken from the live mix, delivered seconds after each song's performance.
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