The Super Collider Hits A Brick Wall

The $11 billion Superconducting Super Collider is nearing last rites. Opponents in Congress have been gunning for the mammoth Texas atom smasher for years, arguing that the project is too expensive. On Oct. 19, finally, the House voted to send a House-Senate appropriations bill back to conference with instructions to delete all funding for the SSC, which is designed to probe some of the deepest mysteries of matter and the universe. The project's staunchest Senate supporter, Bennett Johnston (D-La.), conceded defeat. "The House was wrong," he says. "But their message on deficit reduction and the SSC was clear and unmistakable."

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