Canada Bids to Host International Reactor

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Science  22 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5525, pp. 2240
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5525.2240

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TOKYO AND OTTAWA-- Canada has made a surprise bid to host the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a move that signals the start of serious political jockeying among the three partners over a site for the $5 billion fusion project. If nothing else, last week's offer demonstrates that plans to harness the nuclear fusion process that fuels the sun are moving forward despite a conspicuous lack of interest on the part of the United States.