"Superconducting Super Collider As Panacea," Science 257, (3 July 1992), p. 27.
"Anti-SSC scientists may not care for the kinds of arguments its proponents in the high-energy
research community make for it - that it is important for the United States to stay Number One in
high-energy physics, for instance, and that the benefits of fertilizing the economy with $8.25
billion in tax dollars won't be trivial - but wait ‘til they hear what distinguished members of the
U.S. House of Representatives said during debate over the SSC last month.
"Bob Livingston (R-LA): ‘High-energy research with particle accelerators has resulted and will
result in plastics for medical use, solutions for DNA research and...maybe even for AIDS...,
nuclear waste disposal..., pollutant removal..., location of oil deposits, creation of integrated
circuits..., studies of watertables..., cryogenic engineering, tumor and body chemistry detection...,
ultra-fast computers..., and lot, lots more...'
"Sam Johnson (R-TX): ‘They have already, as a result of this program, developed cancer
technology, developed treatment for tumors, developed advanced plastics that can be used in
hospitals to reduce hazardous waste... The SSC is also driving supercomputer technology, and
supercomputers are what has made the United States an advanced technology [sic] in a lot of
"Bill Sarpalius (D-TX): ‘What will happen once this giant laboratory is finally completed? It
deals with compressed energy. Scientists say that they will be able to build a battery about this
size [holds up thumb and forefinger] that will have enough energy to run an automobile...in the
medical profession, they will have a machine that [can] find any tumors or cancers in your body,
never using a knife.'"