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Preparing for the worst

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An international data bank of nuclear explosives is needed to determine the source of nuclear materials following an explosion, argue Michael May, Jay Davis and Raymond Jeanloz.

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The authors thank Ian D. Hutcheon of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and his colleagues for helpful discussions.

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  1. Michael May is director emeritus of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and is at Stanford University

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  2. Jay Davis is former director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency

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  3. Raymond Jeanloz is chair of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on International Security and Arms Control, and is at the University of California, Berkeley.

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