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Squabbling Kills Novel Korean Telescope Project

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Science  03 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5446, pp. 1839-1840
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5446.1839

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA-- The Korean government has ended funding for a novel aboveground neutrino telescope that was also meant to serve as the country's coming-out party for international research collaborations. Last summer's decision to kill the HANUL project has come to light only recently, however, amid a flurry of vituperative exchanges among the participants. Personal animosity between the project's creator and its principal investigator, a rigid bureaucracy, a slipping schedule, and doubts about its technical feasibility all seem to have a played a role in the project's demise.