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The Ultimate Bright Idea

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Science  10 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5570, pp. 1008-1010
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5570.1008

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After a decade of planning, physicists think they can make an x-ray source 10 billion times brighter than today's best, opening new horizons in biology, chemistry, materials science, and physics. But to do it, they have to pull off a grand trick without mirrors--and their dreams come with a hefty price tag as well.