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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Shoot for the Stars
1 February 2000 6:00 pm
Canadian astronomers will unveil an ambitious plan later this month for keeping their country at the forefront of exploration. But observers predict they face an uphill battle convincing politicians to go along with a $185 million boost for astronomy over the next decade, beginning in the 2001 budget. The new money would roughly double what Canada currently spends on the discipline, including its flagship 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
The highest priority, according to a blue-ribbon panel that made the recommendations, is to buy 5% stakes in the international Next Generation Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array project in Chile, at a total cost of $90 million. Other hoped-for initiatives include funding more research fellowships and high-performance computers to crunch data. Without such investments, Canadian astronomers will be "sidelined," says panel chair Ralph Pudritz, a professor of physics and astronomy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.