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Russia: Gallium Sell-Off Threatens Detector

Science  11 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5310, pp. 193
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5310.193a

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MOSCOW-- An extraordinary confrontation between scientists and a Russian government ministry is taking place at a mine in the north Caucasus. Deep underground, the Soviet-American Gallium Experiment (SAGE)--one of the largest collaborative research projects between the two countries--has been measuring neutrinos from the sun's nuclear processes since the mid-1980s. But a government effort to confiscate the detector's 60 tons of ultrapure gallium could end SAGE's vigil.