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ITER gets a home

The experimental ITER reactor is supposed to show how to do nuclear fusion here on earth. So far, however, it’s been used by many scientists as an example of how not to do a major scientific project. The roughly €15 billion (US$ 19.9 billion) project has been parcelled into contracts, which in turn have been divided among ITER’s seven members: the European Union, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, China and the United States. As we reported in autumn, this piecemeal strategy is threatening to delay ITER’s already delayed start date by years while the central organisation and member states parcel out designs and contracts. 

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