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Cost Overruns Will Hit Research at CERN

Science  29 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5564, pp. 2341
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5564.2341a

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ALLSCHWIL, SWITZERLAND-- To cope with cost overruns on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), managers at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, have drafted a preliminary plan that would delay start-up of the massive proton accelerator until sometime in 2007, slash spending on long-term research programs, and require belt-tightening across the lab. The embryo plan, outlined to CERN's governing council last week, would shift some $300 million from other operations into the LHC and stretch out payments for the facility until 2010.