Now that the superconducting supercollider has bitten the dust in Texas, United States high-energy physicists, unsure as to how to pursue their ambitious experimental goals at home, are looking to CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland as the most likely place to successfully undertake the work. Supporters of the SSC were temporarily buoyed early last month when House of Representatives Speaker Thomas Foley (D-Wash.) denied project opponents representation on the conference committee that would, the supporters thought, decide the mega-project's fate. But when, to no one's surprise, the conference committee produced a bill for approval containing full funding for the SSC, the representatives voted to reject it, 282-143. (Earlier this year, the House voted, 280-150, to cancel the...

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