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Science  16 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5277, pp. 868-869
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5277.868


Tallahassee—This Florida Panhandle city is fast becoming the Mecca of condensed matter physics, thanks to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), which opened its doors on the campus of Florida State University (FSU) in 1993. the National Science Foundation stunned many scientists in 1990 when it picked FSU rather than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, home of the famed Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory, to house the new lab. It's still too early to predict what NHMFL will achieve, but its staff recruitments, world-class magnets, and agenda suggest that it is already becoming an important player in areas ranging from high temperature superconductivity to biology.