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Armenia Wants Second Mideast Synchrotron

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1481
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1481a

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BERN, SWITZERLAND-- Middle Eastern scientists who for years have been yearning for a synchrotron may wind up with two. Last spring, SESAME (Synchrotron Radiation for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), an 11-nation consortium formed to install and operate a first-generation synchrotron now mothballed in Germany, selected Jordan as the site of the 0.8 giga-electron-volt BESSY-I synchrotron, disappointing Armenian officials who had hoped to snare the prize. But this month Armenia moved to the head of the line for a second, brand-new synchrotron after securing a $15 million down payment from the U.S. Congress as part of a foreign-aid spending bill that would funnel $90 million to the country.