In a rare show of unity in the Middle East, an advanced research centre to be shared by the troubled region has opened in Jordan.
Despite political tensions and rows, countries usually hostile to each other are jointly supporting the venture.
Its name is Sesame – Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East.
The facility hosts a synchrotron, a particle accelerator that acts as a powerful microscope.
Researchers including Iranians, Israelis and Palestinians – who would never normally meet – will now use the machine together.
Sesame is a play on the famous phrase “Open Sesame” and is meant to signal a new era of collaborative science.
By generating intense beams of light, synchrotrons provide exceptionally detailed views of everything from cancerous tissue to ancient parchments to plant diseases.
Sesame’s vast white building, located amid dusty hills some 35km north of the capital Amman, makes a stark contrast to the olive groves around …
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