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  • A contaminated history unearthed

    A contaminated history unearthed

    Investigative reporter Judy Pasternak describes uranium's effects on the Navajo Nation in Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed.

  • Thirteen ways of looking at a mushroom cloud

    Thirteen ways of looking at a mushroom cloud

    Ann Ronald's Friendly Fallout 1953 is an experiment in literary fission that describes 11 actual nuclear detonations through the eyes of mostly fictional characters.

  • One long haul

    One long haul

    Huge trains have begun hauling uranium tailings from a site near Moab, Utah, to a repository 30 miles away in Crescent Junction.

  • How to be #1 in the world and still be a loser

    Giles Slade’s new book, Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America, is a fascinating intellectual history of how marketers demolished the American tradition of thrift.

  • New Mexico goes head-to-head with a nuclear juggernaut

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is booming, revitalized by a new era of weapons development – but the state of New Mexico wants the lab to clean up its old Cold War-era messes before it starts making new ones

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