Science: Rebuilding German Research

In a bucolic valley near Bonn, a giant 100-meter-wide radio telescope listens to the faint beeps and squawks of objects at the very edge of the known universe. At a research center in Tübingen, scientists struggle to understand the elusive biochemical secrets by which the brain performs its wizardry. Inside a sprawling complex near Munich, researchers heat ionized gases to temperatures of many millions of degrees in hopes of taming the almost unlimited power of thermonuclear fusion. These varied projects are all being conducted under the auspices of one organization —West Germany's Max...

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