Open Sesame: Science in the Desert

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SESAME will be the first big scientific laboratory in the Middle East. It's a synchrotron radiation source, which produces light at different wavelengths that is used by all kinds of scientists to understand the structure of materials.

It is being built in Jordan and will bring together scientists from a number of countries in the region. Apart from encouraging co-operation between different countries and disciplines it also aims to stop scientists leaving for Europe or the US to be able to access state of the art facilities.

BBC Science Editor David Shukman visits Jordan to find out if the building of SESAME is on target to open in 2015. And he asks if the project will be able to fulfil its aims of creating a scientific centre of excellence in the Middle East.
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