Finding a New Home for BESSY in the Middle East

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Science  25 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5423, pp. 2077-2079
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5423.2077

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PARIS-- Germany wants to donate BESSY 1, a successful synchrotron x-ray source in Berlin that will be decommissioned by the end of the year, to a country in the Middle East. At a meeting held here last week under the auspices of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, representatives of five governments from the region--including Palestine--expressed official interest in hosting an upgraded BESSY 1a. These countries and others, together with well-wishing members of the synchrotron community around the world, will now look at ways to set up and fund an international center to house the machine--a center open to Arab and Israeli, Turk and Cypriot alike.