The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Nobel Prize-winning Russian physicist Zhores Alferov has been appointed by Russian president Dmitri Medvedev as scientific director of a project to turn farmland outside Moscow into a compound dedicated to scientific research. The Russian government is pouring about $200 million of start-up funds into the project, the Chronicle's Anna Nemtsova reports.

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