CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1988
As one who believes that the University of California has no business managing two laboratories whose primary function is the design of new nuclear weapons, I was struck by remarks made by Herrington at Livermore lab ("Energy Secretary Warns Weapons Scientists Not to Disagree in Public," Part I, July 23). Speaking of the continuing controversy at the lab involving the bomb-pumped X-ray laser, overly optimistic appraisals of its effectiveness given by fellow scientists Teller and Wood, and attempted corrective measures taken by Woodruff, Herrington stated that, "I think there should be freedom of expression within the laboratory, but I don't favor having scientists going public on opposite sides of the issue if it's going to be damaging to the laboratory.
July 17, 1988 |
IN THE DUSTY town of Livermore, nestled in the Amador Valley, where cows compete with zinfindel grapes for land not yet requisitioned by the local nuclear weapons lab, the dreams of Edward Teller, father of the H-bomb and "Star Wars," may finally have gone to ground. These are dark, brooding days for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, "the house that Teller built," a rambling complex of Quonset huts and low-rise office buildings two hours due east of San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1988 |
This remarkable new imaging technique is being developed to enable biologists to view all but the smallest components of living cells. Humans have long had a fascination with things too small to be seen with the naked eye. As long as 3,000 years ago, engravers used glass globes filled with water as magnifiers as they worked so that they could see fine details of their designs. Ancient Romans used crude lenses chipped from rock crystals for the same purpose.
October 21, 1987 |
The scientist who directed nuclear X-ray laser research for President Reagan's "Star Wars" program says physicist Edward Teller and a fellow scientist, Lowell Wood, have conveyed "overly optimistic, technically incorrect" information about the laser research to the nation's top policy makers. Roy D. Woodruff, former associate director for defense systems at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, also charges that Roger E.
January 22, 1987
The scientist whose idea for an X-ray laser inspired President Reagan's "Star Wars" plan is returning to a nuclear weapons research center he left because of objections to military work. Peter Hagelstein, 32, said in an interview published in the San Jose Mercury News that he will do only unclassified, non-weapons work on the X-ray laser program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His contract calls for him to serve as a consultant for up to 45 days this year at a rate of $315 a day.
January 21, 1987 |
A scientist whose formula for building an X-ray laser plays a crucial role in the development of the Strategic Defense Initiative, or "Star Wars," is returning as a consultant to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Last fall, Peter Hagelstein, 32, left the nuclear weapons design center to work on peaceful uses of his research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.