Science Centers Blossom, But How Many Will Survive?

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Science  06 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5514, pp. 37-38
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5514.37

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BRISTOL, U.K.-- Interactive science and technology centers are springing up across the United Kingdom, fueled by $1.4 billion in national lottery revenues and matching funds. Now, they're all part of an unplanned experiment in survival of the fittest, as the quasi-governmental body that has funded the start-up of the centers has stated from the get-go that it will not provide operating money for its progeny. Once the initial funding has been exhausted, the centers are vulnerable to collapse--and that's not necessarily a bad thing, some argue.