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Lawmakers hold ribbon cutting ceremony for Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project

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Public officials cut the ribbon today for the new “Facility for Rare Isotope Beams" on Michigan State University’s campus.

Scholars hope the heavy-ion accelerator at the facility can hold the key to advancements in fields ranging from nuclear energy to cancer treatment.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says it will make Michigan “the epicenter of high-tech research and innovation.”

“It’ll have a $4-billion-dollar impact on our state economy and will be a talent magnet that offers unparalleled research and learning opportunities for some of the brightest minds in America and around the world.”

Equipment at the facility crashes atoms at half the speed of light to produce rare atom variations normally only found in places like deep space.

It's receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in support from the federal government.