World’s most powerful telescope system starts searching the universe

The Future Post: With the launch of the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), scientists can now scan the universe for intelligent life at record speeds.

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wishingW3L1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

so the one on Puerto Rico is not the most powerful anymore? I remember there was a James Bond movie and many others filmed there but then it went to waste due to lack of funds. =/

TheFinalEpisode1478d ago

I believe it is still the most powerful but this is a telescope system made out of many smaller ones producing better results, the one in Puerto Rico is one huge telescope but it seems that it is now outdated.

thorstein1478d ago


On Topic: There will always be something better. As for intelligent life, I think they are waiting for us to stop thinking we are the center of the universe before they reveal themselves to us. And I highly doubt they have come to our planet and anally probed backwoods rednecks in order to figure out our biology.

SilentNegotiator1478d ago

Powerful telescope goes to work; finds more vague blurry bodies a quadrillion lightyears away. Scientists add color and suggest minor evidences of possible life. Secure additional tax dollars. High-fives all around.

thebudgetgamer1478d ago

I would rather our tax dollars go towards science than another war we don't need to be involved in.

Speed-Racer1478d ago

mmm I agree with budget, if they have to spend it on something, at least spend it on something worthwhile.

thebudgetgamer1477d ago

Does that make you uncomfortable when we're on the same page?

Speed-Racer1477d ago

Lolol never. We may have differing point of views on various topics but that doesn't mean that I am right or you are wrong. You're not a troll about it, so it's all good.

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360ICE1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Well, studying radiation from black holes actually led to the invention of the cell phone. Add to that that science in general has been the major driver for the global economy the last centuries, and that we owe to science all of the technical innovations we use every day.

Add to that that it's kind of nice to know stuff...

Also, if the frontier mentality that is such a huge part of American culture, and that have filled the universities and hired teachers all over the world, is to have any ground today, we must turn to the universe.

And we kinda spend money on a lot of other stupid stuff.

SilentNegotiator1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

>Speak out against the way funds are fished for
>Get told that you're anti-science

"And we kinda spend money on a lot of other stupid stuff"
"I would rather our tax dollars go towards science than another war we don't need to be involved in"
Did I accidentally say we should throw the money down a well instead? Because if I did, I apologize.

thebudgetgamer1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

I think you're taking this too personal, my point was this type of stuff can potentially make our lives better.

SilentNegotiator1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Note that all but one or two of those things in your link have anything vaguely to do with telescopic exploration, and instead have to do with necessities of physical exploration of space.

I'm 10x more on board with realistic treks to nearby planets/moons. Send more probes to nearby planets....and heck, do more than dust the surface. I want to see digging DEEP in Mars' the nougat-y center. Bad joke (Mars bars), but really, if they think Mars was so ripe for life, let's dig. Biological studies would be a lot more beneficial than expensive telescopes.

360ICE1477d ago

It was never really my intention to call anyone anti-science, or say that stupid spending enables more stupid spending. Just to argue for the HUGE output we have gotten from the money we've put into science.

And if the argument against that is the libertarian moral argument. "You wouldn't use force to fund science" (since tax dollars are ultimately collected by force), then my answer is yes. Yes I would. I would collect money with the threat of force for science, because the output to human well more than makes up for it. It has so far anyway. And while those pictures may not be high-res, they tell us more about where we are, where we came from and where we're headed, than any HD picture I've ever taken.

Kos-Mos1478d ago

I don`t think you understand the meaning of science. One thing ALWAYS leads to another even though we don`t find e.t.

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Ranma11478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Most Religious people are against space exploration.

Death to religion, I want humans to explore the universe. But religoustards say NO

reznik_zerosum1478d ago

i know its popular to blame everything on religion these days but always be aware that religion is something natural as to eat for our human type of "animal".Im not a believer but i think we should not explore the universe cause there is nothing we can find there and surely nothing that can help us fix ever catastrophic situation here on our little planet.That type of "exploration" is nothing more that escapism.

aiBreeze1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

I think you're viewing this in a very narrow minded context. Exploring the universe isn't just about escapism.. it's about our thirst for knowledge, to further understand our existence, to possibly meet and learn new existance and probably most importantly, to answer questions many thought unanswerable.

Somebody1478d ago

What did the first Muslims do when they became strong? They gather up all the knowledge that is available from around the world, in particular from ancient Greece and Roman times. From that their empire grew, with the help of science, exploration and religion.

What did the Christians do during that time? They wallowed in the Dark Ages. We now have US congressmen who are the head of the Science committee saying evolution and the Big Bang as lies.

Grap1477d ago

not all religion say don't explore the world.. christen =/= all religion

techexclusive1478d ago

Interesting stuff! This kind of news would always be associated with Nasa, but recently this isn't the case! Great to see Australia as another country trying to do something cool.

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