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April 28, 1987 | PETER D. ZIMMERMAN, Peter D. Zimmerman, a nuclear physicist, is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington
"I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace, to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete." Ronald Reagan issued that call on March 23, 1983. Last week the scientific community responded.
June 11, 1987 | Associated Press
The Energy Department has begun preliminary research aimed at developing a new type of nuclear warhead that would burrow into the earth before detonating, a top official said Wednesday. Although the Pentagon has yet to formally request such a weapon from the Energy Department, "we foresee it as a requirement coming on," said Sylvester R. Foley, the assistant energy secretary for defense programs.
May 30, 1992
A British Army ballad of World War I had it that "old soldiers never die, they just fade away." With some help from the Bush Administration, "Star Wars"--the failed attempt to build a nuclear missile defense--stubbornly refuses to do either. It is time Congress gave the Strategic Defense Initiative a proper push down the road toward oblivion before it gobbles up any more than the $30 billion it has already consumed, leaving little to show for the money.
September 21, 1994 | KATHLEEN WIEGNER
Since most homes have only one thermostat, some rooms get too cold while others are too hot. But in the home of the future, tiny sensors may signal when a room is too cold and, in response, tiny heat pumps embedded in the walls will immediately circulate warmer air. At least that's the vision of researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory.
December 30, 1985 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
The White House denied Sunday new Soviet charges that a U.S. test of a nuclear-powered laser may have violated the 1970 anti-ballistic missile treaty. The Soviet Union made the accusations at a Moscow press conference Sunday, when it also denied American complaints that the Soviets are violating an array of 1970s arms accords. As Air Force One ferried President and Mrs.
A nuclear weapons scientist who publicly questioned the feasibility of a key part of the Star Wars program is leaving Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he once did battle with one of the legendary names in nuclear physics, Edward Teller. Roy Woodruff, 49, former director of Livermore's nuclear weapons program, announced Wednesday that he is moving to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where he will become a senior adviser in the arms control and verification program.
May 14, 1996 | ROBERT SCHEER, Robert Scheer is a Times contributing editor. He can be reached via e-mail at
Bob Dole is not campaigning, he's growling: more prisons and assault weapons, bash Hollywood and ring Taiwan with missile defenses. This once courtly if acerbic denizen of the Senate is now merely intemperate. Crime is down, the economy is up and the world's people are more interested in making a buck than in fighting us, but to listen to Dole, you'd think America's position has never been worse. He recently labeled the Clinton years a "sad interlude of American waffling and weaknesses."
July 23, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Energy Secretary John S. Herrington, citing a festering dispute among researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory over a cornerstone of President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, Friday cautioned the nation's weapons scientists against publicly airing their disagreements. Speaking at the laboratory, Herrington said Roy D.
August 31, 1999 | ROBERT SCHEER, Robert Scheer is a contributing editor to The Times
Ever since Nazi V-2 rockets smashed into World War II London causing death and destruction, military planners have obsessed on the chimera of creating a national antimissile defense. That this quest has proved to be the most enduring and profitable boondoggle for defense contractors is easily understandable.
May 18, 1985 | ROBERT C. TOTH, Times Staff Writer
The Reagan Administration, while emphasizing that its proposed "Star Wars" shield against enemy missiles would depend on non-nuclear defensive weapons, is intensifying research on beam weapons powered by nuclear explosions in space, Defense Department officials told Congress in testimony released this week. The new nuclear technology is most promising as a short-term solution to a space-based defense, according to Dr. Richard L. Wagner Jr.
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