Tatars' Saucy Project Takes on the World

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Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 70-72
DOI: 10.1126/science.10.1126/SCIENCE.291.5501.70

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KAZAN-- A novel project here aims to do something never done before: use lasers to detect space-time ripples stirred up by distant binary pulsars. The Kazan team members hope their $1 million tabletop experiment, the first phase of which they aim to undertake this fall, will put the Republic of Tatarstan in the high-stakes race to detect gravitational waves. But some experts doubt this former Soviet David can beat the better funded Goliaths of the United States, Europe, and Japan.