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Poor but Smart

Science  09 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6108, pp. 738-739
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6108.738

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Since the Berlin Wall came down, the German capital has failed to live up to its economic expectations, but it has blossomed as a scientific hub, especially in the life sciences and mathematics. The city is now home to three respected universities and a host of nonuniversity research institutes. Many institutes here now vie for top talent from around the world—and Berlin's new reputation as a hip, happening place is helping to lure them. "Poor but sexy," a term coined by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, has become Berlin's unofficial motto—but today, it might as well be "poor but smart."

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