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Dark Tunnel Ahead for Light Sources

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Science  08 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5327, pp. 756-757
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5327.756

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The prospect of flat budgets is clouding the future of the Department of Energy's synchrotron light sources. DOE managers are faced with a painful decision: whether to close a facility so that the remainder will prosper and a future generation can be born. They have pulled together a panel of 17 scientists and asked for their advice, no holds barred. "It's going to be an absolute and total bloodbath," predicts one panel member.