History of Science Journalism

Science and Adventure

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[Title] Science and Adventure
Robert: Dear Listeners, CKAC radio is proud to present the 34th broadcast in its series of Science and Adventure shows to keep you abreast of the most recent developments of scientific interest.
A: Well Robert, you have chosen a subject of interest to everyone.
People are aware of the destructive power of atomic energy, but continue to wonder about what good it might do humanity in times of peace.
B: And we will be waiting a number of years yet.
R: Yet, since Hiroshima, people are much more interested in science than they were in the past.
Businessmen, for example, wonder what role atomic energy might be called upon to play in an industrial context.
B: And now, the time is long gone when scientific research was pursued exclusively in university laboratories.
A: Indeed, a considerable amount of money is being spent in industrial laboratories.
B: The word "considerable" is not an exaggeration.
Did you know, for example, that in 1947 alone, a budget exceeding one billion dollars was spent in the United States, solely in the field of research?
R: Wow! That is a huge number, but all this work must require a great number of scientists.
B: More than one hundred thousand people: physicists, chemists, biologists and other scientists work in different experimental centres of the neighbouring republic.
A: This shows how important it is for industry to encourage the pursuit of research and the training of young technicians.
B: Perfectly so! And a case in point should suffice to illustrate this necessity.
Half a century ago, for example, no one knew what to do with gasoline to get rid of it.
You couldn't pour it into rivers and streams or sewer systems. Burning it was very dangerous. Yet everyone knows what happened next.
R: Yes, with the development of appropriate engines, gasoline changed the face of the world.
B: Exactly.

A: And one might be led to believe that the same may occur with atomic energy.
B: And why not?

R: Will there soon be engines capable of using it?
B: Of course! But when exactly... This is what we don't know yet.
A: And when these engines are perfected, their use must represent a savings.