Scientists at a government lab here are trying to use the world's largest laser -- it's the size of three football fields -- to set off a nuclear reaction so intense that it will make a star bloom on the surface of the Earth.
The new START arms control agreement with Russia calls for the United States to significantly reduce its nuclear stockpile, but critics are rightly asking whether this will leave the U.S. safe. They say the U.S. must maintain a healthy nuclear deterrent, even as it works toward President Obama's goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
There are certain things that Charlie and Sandy Hicks love to do together - like ski, hunt and hike with their two sons near their Livermore, Colo. home. Then there are things the Hickses hate to do as a couple - like invest their money.
When Fernando Ortega talks about the seven days and seven nights he spent in a Los Angeles County jail, he recalls the nine-foot-by-nine-foot cell he shared with three murderers, the "stinking urine smell," and finally, the magazine. "If it weren't for the magazine," he says, recalling the publication that distracted him from his menacing surroundings, "who knows what would have happened to me?"