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Go-ahead for €1.6 billion particle accelerator

The Local · 13 Jun 2012, 07:22

Published: 13 Jun 2012 07:22 GMT+02:00

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The environment minister for the regional state of Hesse, Lucia Puttrich, officially gave the green light for a new giant Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR), which is to built on a 20-hectare site in Darmstadt, not far from Frankfurt.

“With it, Germany has secured a leading place in field of fundamental physics research,” said Education Minister Annette Schavan on Tuesday.

In what is being described as one of the biggest research projects in the world, more than 3,000 scientists from more than 50 countries will work at FAIR from 2018, studying the nature and origins of the universe.

Günther Rosner, head of research for the project, said that FAIR would be trying to answer previously unanswered questions such as: How was the universe created? And, why are we here?

“It will not just be about where we came from, but also the world that exists around us now,” he added.

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FAIR is being financed by eight different countries, including France, Russia and India.

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16:35 June 13, 2012 by raandy
I am all for the advancement of physics and bring scientist together from around the world,I do hope for 1.6 billion that we get more than the answers of "why are we here"? and "how was the universe created." All information that has vast potential but I am dubious that a particle accelerator will give us the answers everyone will agree on.

Any project of this scope which includes the world is a welcome project. Germany is a good choice for engineering this.
16:57 June 13, 2012 by gorongoza
Why not, after all no tax payer complain. After the construction has started we will hear that the cost has quadrapled. Never mind, as usual, raise the income tax and VAT to cover for the cost overruns. Nobody complain in Germany. We are a country of the rich.

And do not forget : something has to be created to cater for those who have degrees useless to the industries.

I hope not that they will find something travelling at speed greater than that of light only to say ah, it was a mistakea ,after a couple of months.

They were once there (thinkers/scientists), not today.
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