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Long-delayed nuclear center looks set for construction

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Science  08 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6295, pp. 107-108
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6295.107

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After many years of delays, the €1.7 billion Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research, an extension of the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research near Darmstadt, Germany, may finally get built. At a council meeting on 27 and 28 June, the partner countries—eight European Union members plus India and Russia—concluded that they have enough money to cover a €320 million budget gap; they will now seek building permits from the German government. Still, some countries have yet to commit their share of the missing cash, including Russia, which had agreed to bear about 18% of FAIR's total construction cost, the second largest contribution after Germany's 70%.

  • * Edwin Cartlidge is a writer based in Rome.