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Science  12 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5579, pp. 163
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5579.163a

Whether you're investigating the potential for nuclear terrorism or probing early research on radioactivity, check out the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The site's name comes from an American World War II mission to gather information about Germany's atomic bomb program. Its centerpiece is an annotated bibliography of nuclear-themed books, memoirs, reports, TV programs, films, and Web sites. Entries plumb current and historical issues such as the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, the perils of nuclear proliferation, and atomic accidents. The scientific section offers background on subjects such as the mechanics of fission and fusion and the effects of radiation on humans. You can also dig into a trove of biographical sources on scientists such as Henri Becquerel, the discoverer of radioactivity, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the top scientist on the Manhattan Project.

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