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May 9, 1988
Physics Prof. Wilson is to be congratulated on the forthright statement in support of continued American application of technological principles associated with the advantages of electricity generated by nuclear reactors. America must grow. In addition to his analysis of the positive lessons learned from the Chernobyl situation, he well might have dwelt on the advances being made to produce electricity at a lessened cost and with improved safety through fast neutron technology as exemplified by the "breeder reactors" now operating in France and the Soviet Union.
April 21, 1999
What do peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cars and CDs have in common? They are all made of atoms and molecules. Everything in the universe is made of these things. Want to learn more about the building blocks of our universe? Use the direct links on The Times Launch Point Web site, Level 1 HyperMedia Textbook (Water, Matter and Energy, Atoms and Molecules): What happens to the molecules in water when water becomes an ice cube?
October 13, 1991
Last night the stars seemed not themselves, for they sang such a lonely song I heard all creation weep along. And the moon seemed too molten hot-- it burned a hole right through the roof, right through the sky, it burned an empty place into the night. And oh how the world rocked like a cradle in the ether of the dark. And how the children, lost in dreams, awoke with a start, not out of fear but from surprise.
The cover of Psygnosis' "Atomino" features a manic-looking scientist playing with a charged molecule. This might be a picture of you if you ever reach the advertised zenith of level 60,000. We wouldn't know, several hours of concentrated play put us at level 23. Don't be discouraged, however. Those 20-odd levels were a lot of fun.
November 17, 1997 | DAVID PESCOVITZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; David Pescovitz ( is co-author of "Reality Check" (HardWired, 1996) and a contributing editor at Wired magazine
Nanotechnology conjures images that seem a little preposterous even to the most optimistic technophiles: microscopic cell-repair machines speeding through your bloodstream, tiny terabyte memory chips, dirt morphing into Caesar salad sound. And even though nanotechnology--an approach to engineering where individual atoms are positioned to build practical structures--was first proposed by famed physicist Richard Feynman way back in 1959, practical applications remain scarce.
October 20, 1988 | Associated Press
China on Wednesday inaugurated one of the world's most advanced "atom smashers," an instrument that physicists use to study the basic structure of matter, the official New China News Agency said. The $65-million nuclear accelerator is located in a tunnel at the Chinese Academy of Science Institute of High Energy.
July 31, 1989 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
In the black depths of the ocean near the Channel Islands lies a largely forgotten memento of the early nuclear age. It is low-level radioactive waste generated at Rockwell International's Santa Susana Field Laboratory and Canoga Park plants. For about a decade starting in the early 1950s, Atomics International, later part of Rockwell, dumped hundreds of drums of radioactive waste in 6,000 feet of water south of Santa Cruz Island. Today, precise information on the dump is hard to come by. Old U.
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