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If Budget Woes Continue, Panel Says DOE Should Shut Last U.S. Collider

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Science  01 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6119, pp. 498
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6119.498

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This week a committee of nuclear scientists recommended that the cash-strapped Department of Energy shut down the last grand U.S. atom-smasher, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. The closing would be necessary to free up money for a new nuclear physics facility, but fears remain that any trade-off will lead to a massive contraction of U.S. nuclear physics.