One hundred and thirty million dollar's worth of radium, twice the world's present supply, would be needed to equal the rays from this powerful radiation source in the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, operated by the General Electric Company for the Atomic Energy Commission. The Actual sources, which consists of cylinders of cobalt made radioactive by exposure in an atomic reactor, is at the bottom of a nine-foot deep tank of water which protects personnel from its rays. Checking the source and its radiation are Samuel S. Jones and Rudolph Fox of the Laboratory Staff. The sources will be used for measuring the effects of high-energy radiation on various materials being used in connection with the land based submarine atomic power plant the laboratory is constructing for the US Navy. A sample of such a material may be lowered, through the long vertical tube, to the bottom of the tank, where it is surrounded by the radioactive cobalt rods.
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