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Energy Panel Asks U.S. to Rejoin ITER

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 1977
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5589.1977a

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GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND-- A panel of fusion scientists meeting here last week recommended that the United States rejoin negotiations to build the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a multibillion-dollar international project that the Americans abandoned in 1998. But they also argued that the country should initiate its own fusion experiment if the government lacks the budgetary will to return to the ITER fold.