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Fermilab Looks Abroad for Help With Neutrino Experiment

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Science  07 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6099, pp. 1157
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6099.1157

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Five months ago, officials at the U.S. Department of Energy balked at the then–$1.9 billion price tag for the proposed Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) and asked Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory if it could be built in cheaper stages. Last week, lab officials presented a plan for a first stage that would cost only $789 million. But they said another $135 million would be needed for the scaled-down LBNE to approach the scientific potential of the original design.