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Budget Cap Could Gut Next Big Fermilab Project

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Science  04 May 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6081, pp. 528-529
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6081.528

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Last month, officials with the Department of Energy told Fermilab that its proposed $1.9 billion flagship experiment for the next decade costs too much to construct all at once. They asked scientists for a plan to build it piecemeal. But, as became clear at a workshop last week at the lab, the affordable options for the first stage of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment would severely limit its scientific potential and could leave it only marginally more capable than an existing Fermilab experiment.