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Science  17 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5460, pp. 1899
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5460.1899a

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On 13 March U.K. science minister David Sainsbury announced that DIAMOND, an $880 million synchrotron project that would allow scientists to probe the atomic structure of everything from proteins to ceramics, will be set at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. Losing out was the heir apparent--the Daresbury laboratory near Manchester, the site of the U.K.'s current synchrotron facility. Many scientists are denouncing the selection.