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United States Rejoins International Fusion-Research Project

Science  07 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5608, pp. 801-802
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5608.801a

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PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY-- In 1998, the United States withdrew from a previous incarnation of the $5 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) experiment, which will use a doughnut-shaped magnetic bottle to confine a superhot hydrogen plasma and induce it to undergo nuclear fusion. But last week, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced that the United States would seek to become a partner in ITER again, as part of its push for long-term energy independence.