30 Nov '16, 8am

'THANK THE ALIENS': Thousands displaced for China’s huge telescope https://t.co/fWujZ5jD3b

'THANK THE ALIENS': Thousands displaced for China’s huge telescope https://t.co/fWujZ5jD3b

PINGTANG (China) — Humanity’s best bet at detecting aliens is a giant silver Chinese dish the size of 30 football fields — one that simultaneously showcases Beijing’s abilities to deploy cutting-edge technologies and ignore objectors’ rights as it seeks global prominence. The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in the country’s southwest, which was launched in September and cost 1.2 billion yuan (S$248.3 million) to build, is the world’s largest radio telescope. Once fully operational, FAST will be able to peer deeper into space than ever before, examining pulsars, dark matter and gravitational waves — and searching for signs of life. Authorities also hope it will bring tourist dollars to the province of Guizhou, one of China’s poorest regions. But it comes at the cost of forcibly displacing about 9,000 villagers who called the site in Pingtang county th...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/chinaindia/china/thank-aliens-...

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