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DOE Blocks Physicists From Indian Meeting

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Science  15 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5400, pp. 307
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5400.307a

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CHICAGO-- The U.S. Department of Energy has refused to allow physicists at its national laboratories to travel to a major particle physics conference in India this week in apparent retaliation for that country's series of nuclear tests last May. At least seven physicists from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, both outside Chicago, were denied requests for travel to the 13th Topical Conference on Hadron Collider Physics, which began yesterday at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Scientists say that such bans were not imposed even at the height of the Cold War for similar travel to the Soviet Union and China.