UK pulls out of ILC

A funding crisis at a leading research council in the UK, The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), has forced the country to pull out of plans for the International Linear Collider (ILC). The ILC, which will collide beams of electrons and positrons, is being planned as the next accelerator following the Large Hadron Collider, and is set to come online at CERN in 2008. Physicists in the UK are furious, and see this action as killing off years of investment, according to a Dec. 11, 2007, article in Physics World.