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Restructuring Physics Labs Brings Delight and Despair

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Science  13 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5955, pp. 923
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5955.923-a

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Four of Russia's most prominent physics labs are to be merged into a new national research center. The institutes, which have languished in the post-Soviet era, have cautiously welcomed the raised profile the merger will bring. But a different reform aimed at separating basic and applied research at one of the institutes—the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow, Russia's premier lab for nuclear energy research—has researchers up in arms.