The Past and Future of University Research Reactors

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Science  22 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5563, pp. 2217-2218
DOI: 10.1126/science.1070936

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Research nuclear reactors at U.S. universities continue to contribute materially to research of value to the nation. Despite a number of high-level studies sponsored by the federal government that expressed deep concern, their number has shrunk to less than one-half that of 30 years ago. What is now being done and what will be required to stem these losses are discussed in this Policy Forum.