Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Austria to leave CERN?

Austria's Science Minister Johannes Hahn has announced that Austria is to pull out of CERN. The reason given is that the 20 M$/year that Austria contributes to CERN is too much in these economically difficult times. Given the amounts handed out to bankrupt banks these days, that seems like an odd argument against participating in the greatest international endeavour of our time, an endeavour whose spinoffs include among others the WWW, no less. Maybe the crackpots convinced Mr Hahn that the LHC was going to end the world? Or maybe the Austrian government just wants to reap the global benefits of international research without contributing anything to it? You can sign a petition against this piece of political silliness here.

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