I love reading about stories of various physics facilities around the world, especially those that have some historical significance. I think it is because, in many cases, people simply do not appreciate or give enough recognition to the historical importance of scientific facilities the way they do towards military, cultural, and political history.
This article describes the cyclotron facility located at the University of Washington in Seattle. This facility may not have that much historical significance (yet), but it is still fascinating to read what something as small as that can actually do and contribute to the body of knowledge. Most of the new physics that we get today are not done out of large-scale facilities, even those those facilities and their discoveries tend to get a disproportionate amount of publicity.