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Articles by William J. Broad

THE NEW YORK TIMES
March 18, 2014
Last April, President Barack Obama assembled some of the nation’s most august scientific dignitaries in the East Room of the White House. Joking that his grades in physics made him a dubious candidate for “scientist in chief,” he spoke of using technological innovation “to grow our economy” and unveiled “the next great American project”: a $100 million initiative to probe the mysteries of the human brain.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
January 29, 2014
As the Cold War ended in the late 1980s and early
THE NEW YORK TIMES
September 28, 2010
Many people who know P. Leonardo Mascheroni describe him as a maverick and a technology zealot. Now, the Justice Department will try to prove that he is dangerous, too — a man willing to sell atomic secrets in exchange for a chance to realize his dream.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
September 14, 2010
They risked their lives to capture on film hundreds of blinding flashes, rising fireballs and mushroom clouds.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
June 4, 2010
The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking the well?
THE NEW YORK TIMES
April 13, 2010
In Cambridge, Mass., at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a nuclear reactor emits an eerie blue glow 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its fuel is 93 percent uranium 235 — the high-purity uranium it takes to energize an atom bomb and exactly what the West fears that Tehran wants to produce.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
February 6, 2007
For decades, space experts have worried that a speeding bit of orbital debris might one day smash a large spacecraft into hundreds of pieces and start a chain reaction, a slow cascade of collisions that would expand for centuries, spreading chaos through the heavens.
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