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DOE Derails Planning for Major Fermilab Experiment

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Science  30 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6076, pp. 1553
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6076.1553

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The already tenuous future of particle physics in the United States now looks even more uncertain. This week, the U.S. Department of Energy cited a tight budget in putting the brakes on the development of the flagship project for the next decade at the country's sole particle physics lab, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. But if the $1.5 billion Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment is delayed, then Japanese physicists may be able to do a similar experiment first, researchers say.