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Tight Budget Could Shut Down MIT Accelerator

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Science  16 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5388, pp. 389-390
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5388.389a

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Unless the U.S. government finds more money for medium-energy physics research, the Siberian Snake may never slither into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) Bates Linear Accelerator. Last week, a government advisory panel recommended that the MIT accelerator be shut down in 2 years and that other nuclear physics experiments elsewhere be abandoned if the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation do not boost funding for the field. DOE officials plan to use the report to convince the Administration to do exactly that in its upcoming 2000 budget.