September 30, 1989 |
President Bush on Friday signed a 1990 spending bill that will launch the $5-billion super collider research project, an experimental atom smasher to be built in Texas. The $225-million down payment on the super collider was included in a compromise measure Congress approved to provide $18.6 billion for next year's federal energy and water programs.
September 13, 1989
The House approved a compromise $18.6-billion spending bill that includes money to break ground on a $5-billion superconducting super collider physics research center in Texas. The energy and water projects appropriations bill for fiscal 1990 also includes $636 million for environmental clean-ups at the nation's nuclear weapons plants. The compromise between earlier House and Senate versions of the bill was approved by the House 392 to 27.
September 8, 1989
Federal financing of a mammoth superconducting supercollider cleared the last major hurdle, paving the way for the start of construction on the proposed experimental atom smasher, possibly as early as October. With virtually no debate, a House-Senate conference committee voted to go along with a Senate proposal to appropriate $225 million for the first installment of the project, rather than the $200 million that the House had approved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1989 |
The largest atom smasher in the world, which recently began operating near Geneva, has passed a major milestone. The Large Electron-Positron Collider, which boasts a 17-mile-long circular accelerator buried beneath farms and villages along the border between Switzerland and France, has captured its first "Z" particle. The collider is expected to capture thousands of "Zs" during the months ahead, helping scientists determine the fundamental nature of matter.
August 14, 1989 |
A fierce rivalry in the esoteric world of high-energy physics is drawing to a close, but not before scientists who have devoted years of their lives to a bold gamble claim at least a partial victory. The Stanford Linear Accelerator will probably never live up to the full expectations of its creator, Nobel laureate Burton Richter, and in the months ahead the pleasure of announcing major developments in particle physics will go mostly to scientists at other facilities.
July 28, 1989
The Senate agreed to release the first federal construction funds for a $4.4-billion atom smasher, which Texans are counting on to bring jobs and revenues and which scientists hope will solve a few mysteries of the universe. The spending bill containing the funds provides $135 million to begin construction of the superconducting super collider in Waxahachie, Tex., and $90 million for research and development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1989 |
Scientists have discovered a subatomic particle similar to the neutron that takes them a step closer toward confirming a theory explaining the basic structure of matter, researchers from the State University of New York said last week. The particle, known as the "neutral charmed strange baryon," had been predicted as long ago as 1974, but experiments conducted at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring confirmed its existence, said SUNY physicist Saj Alam.
March 12, 1989 |
Nobel laureate Leon Lederman looked over a crowd of several hundred scientists and industrialists attending a recent symposium in New Orleans and quipped: "We just want to understand how the universe works. After we have done that, we will go away."