June 29, 2011 |
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. - A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation. Officials at the nation's premier nuclear weapons lab gave assurances that dangerous materials were safely stored and capable of withstanding flames from the 93-square-mile fire, which as of midday was as close as 50 feet from the grounds.
December 9, 1990 |
Nearly a half century ago, the nation's deepest secrets were wedged here in a deep Tennessee valley, fenced in atop a high mesa in New Mexico and settled on the banks of the Columbia River in Washington state. Then, travelers wouldn't have found these towns on maps. Even the people who moved in the 1940s to Oak Ridge, to Los Alamos, N.M., and to Hanford, Wash., to work for the government were pledged to secrecy. Then, they shared a common mission. Now, they share a common legacy: The atomic bomb.
January 24, 2013
Former Brown University president Donald Hornig, 92, who worked on the atomic bomb and was a scientific adviser to three U.S. presidents, died Monday, Jan. 21, said a university spokesman. Mr. Hornig, a Harvard-trained chemist, worked on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, N.M., before becoming a professor at Brown in 1946, the university said. He also taught at Princeton. The school said he advised Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Mr. Hornig, Brown president from 1970 to 1976, inherited a university with an annual deficit of more than $4 million, leading him to institute an austerity plan that deeply cut the deficit.
May 12, 2000
I think the [National] Park Service should compensate the residents for this disaster. It does not seem like enough thought was put into the possible outcomes. People generally want more prescribed burning on public lands. Think this one through. More prescribed burning means burning under riskier conditions. There are only so many "safe" days in a year, and you can't do it all on those few days. If you want zero risk, expect less prescribed burning. If you want more prescribed burning, expect risk.
July 1, 2011
Petraeus wins vote to lead CIA WASHINGTON - The Senate unanimously confirmed Gen. David H. Petraeus as director of the CIA, turning over the nation's intelligence operations to the man credited with turning back insurgencies in Iraq. The nomination of Petraeus, the top commander of the war effort in Afghanistan, was approved by a 94-0 vote. Petraeus will replace Leon E. Panetta, whose appointment as secretary of defense sailed through the Senate last week. Petraeus is to retire from his current post in late July and take over at the CIA after a transition period.
June 24, 2010
Nuclear physicist Joan Hinton, 88, labeled "the Atom Spy Who Got Away" during the anticommunist hysteria of early 1950s America for moving to China in 1948, died June 8 in Beijing. A spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Mechanization, which Ms. Hinton had worked with since 1979, made the announcement. Recruited at 22 for the Manhattan Project to help develop the atomic bomb, she was so repulsed when the United States dropped it on Japan in World War II that she went to China, where she embraced Maoism and ran a dairy farm for much of the rest of her life.
March 18, 1993 |
A half-century ago, a tall, storklike figure with a porkpie hat on his head and a pipe in his teeth stepped from the train at a lonely station in the desert of New Mexico. He was J. Robert Oppenheimer, a brilliant, ego-driven physicist on loan from the University of California, Berkeley, to direct scientific work on the most secret and ambitious endeavor of World War II. It was March 1943 - a desperate moment in American history. The Army was fighting in North Africa and New Guinea.
August 6, 1995
THE MORAL IMPERATIVE TO BUILD THE BOMB I have no doubts my father was involved in a righteous cause. In a dim way, I even envy him: What could be more exhilarating than to know that the fate of the world rests on your work - and that you are fighting the good fight? Nor did my father have any doubts. "There are a lot of things to go to hell for, but working on the bomb isn't one of them," he would say, bristling, when the morality of working at Los Alamos came up. The Fascists and Nazis had stripped him of his position, driven him from his homeland.
May 20, 1999 |
Leaks of information on the highly important topic of nuclear weapons have been discussed widely. While I am not familiar with all the details, I can make a comparison with an important event half a century ago. At that time the most important information was leaked to the Soviet Union by, among others, Klaus Fuchs. This speeded up Soviet research maybe by three years, maybe by 20 years. I shall make two comparisons: One is to the events, the second is to our responses to the events.
April 2, 2014 |
George J. Crits, 92, of Ardmore, an expert in the field of water and wastewater treatment, died Thursday, March 27, at his home of causes related to aging. Mr. Crits was renowned in the industry for his expertise in ion exchange technology. Ion exchange is used to soften water and separate out unwanted elements. Mr. Crits wrote three books on the subject, the last of which was published in 2012. It was titled Crits Notes on Water and Ion Exchange . Bill Runyan, president of Idreco USA Ltd., a water treatment company in West Chester, called Crits Notes "the Bible of water treatment.