Throughout the war, and yet looking toward the peace which would inevitably follow it, Heisenberg's group worked on developing a reactor to generate electrical power. One of the critical tasks in such a project is developing controls for the chain reaction.
To anyone who knows this, the last sentence in the Times' report is a tipoff that Germany was not working on a bomb. But, if you don't know it, which meant virtually everyone reading that sentence in August 1945, it meant that Germany was desperately trying to develop a bomb.
Is this journalistic pseudo-objectivity? Or a result of that peculiar urge which leads some criminals to leave a clue at the scene of their crime? Or is it an attempt to get a truth past a censor?
We'll never know, because Sidney Shalett is dead.