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King Abdullah launches nuclear accelerator project

King Abdullah II of Jordan launched yesterday (Jan 6) a multimillion-dollar nuclear accelerator, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

King Abdullah II of Jordan launched yesterday (Jan 6) a multimillion-dollar nuclear accelerator, the first of its kind in the Middle East. The new initiative given the name Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications for the Middle East (SESAME), is a US$6 million project, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and will be used for scientific research.Khalid Touqan, the Jordanian education minister, told the Associated Press it was a “great step forward for the Middle East region as an advanced centre for science and technology, enhancing peace and stability in this region.” Construction of the nuclear accelerator project, which is located at the Princess Rahma College in Amman, should end in 2005. The new centre in Jordan brings the total of synchrotron centres worldwide to 91.

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