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The scientific commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has formally endorsed the creation of a synchrotron radiation facility in Jordan.

Basic researchers from many disciplines use synchrotrons — which produce high-quality X-rays by circulating electrons around a ring at high speed — to study the molecular structure of matter.

The UNESCO agreement to set up such a facility in Jordan is a big step forward in a project — involving Armenia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey — that began in 1999 when Germany offered to donate its dismantled BESSY I synchrotron to the Middle East.

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Reference: Nature 414, 7 (2001)