January 12, 1986 |
Laser weapons being developed as part of President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative could more easily be used to incinerate enemy cities than to protect the United States against Soviet missiles, according to an article in the current issue of a leading physics magazine and a separate study being circulated among government weapons scientists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1986
However wrong we think President Reagan has been in pushing his Strategic Defense Initiative--popularly known as "Star Wars"--he was at least trying to find a way to defend the United States against nuclear missiles that might be launched in anger or by accident. It is all the more disturbing, therefore, to hear that technology that is being developed for a defense system can easily be turned on its head to become a horrendous offensive weapon.
August 3, 1985 |
Forestry officials gathered Friday to set 2 1/2 square miles of dead fir trees on fire as part of an experiment to help U.S. and Canadian scientists test the theory of a "nuclear winter." "It will embody some of the characteristics of the firestorm that will follow a nuclear blast," said Andrew Forester, who brought the researchers together. The experiment, which begins today, was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary Aug.
June 27, 1997 |
Albert L. Latter, nuclear physicist and expert on the design, effects and vulnerability of nuclear weapons systems, has died. He was 76. Latter, who worked for the Santa Monica-based Rand Corp. think tank for 20 years, died June 8 at his Pacific Palisades home, Rand announced this week. With fellow physicist Edward Teller, Latter wrote the controversial 1950s book "Our Nuclear Future." A Times review by Robert R.
February 4, 1986 |
The 12 members of the space shuttle commission appointed Monday by President Reagan represent a cross section of science, business, aviation and the law. Some names are household words, such as Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and former Secretary of State William P. Rogers in the Richard M. Nixon Administration. Others have worked behind the scenes in their special disciplines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1986 |
Controlled fires in the Angeles National Forest, 35 miles northeast of Los Angeles, are nothing out of the ordinary, but one such "prescribed fire," scheduled for autumn, will be closely monitored by both the U.S. Forest Service and Defense Department. While the Forest Service will survey the intentional blaze to find out more about smoke and gas emissions, the Defense Department will be studying possible effects of the "nuclear winter" phenomenon, officials said Thursday.