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Italian Observatories to Form National Institute

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Science  24 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5436, pp. 2044
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5436.2044a

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NAPLES, ITALY-- Small organizations usually resist being subsumed into a larger one. But for astronomers at Italy's 12 observatories--all independent but funded directly by the government--their amalgamation into the new National Institute of Astrophysics can't come soon enough. They argue that the current fragmentation of astronomy in Italy is hampering their ability to play in the international big leagues.