Neutron beams can examine subatomic materials without damaging their structure-an advance expected to lead to new discoveries in material science, clean energy and medicine. The China Spallation Neutron Source cost 1.87 billion yuan ($280 million) and took around six and a half years to build. It will be fully operational next year and Chinese scientists from more than 70 projects and 22 universities have applied to use it. The facility will also be open to foreign researchers.

CAS news release, Sept. 4, 2017