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A Former Capital Stakes Its Future on Science

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Science  08 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5523, pp. 1827-1829
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5523.1827

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BONN-- Most of the politicians have left for bustling Berlin, but scientists are hoping to keep Bonn from becoming a post-Cold War backwater by redefining the city as one of the country's foremost science cities, in part by refurbishing a collection of unique science museums (see sidebar). But Bonn's ascension is by no means assured: It faces stiff competition from established science bastions like Heidelberg and Munich, as well as upstarts in the east such as Dresden and Leipzig.