Let’s face it: leadership debates are always pretty boring. Last night’s one, however, could be declared the exception to the rule. Labor leader hopefuls Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten last night opined about Australia’s commitment to science, and whether our great nation will ever have its own space agency.
Today, after several years of design and construction, CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is officially open, sporting Australian-built star-mapping technology many thought was impossible to construct.
When it’s built, the Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s largest radio telescope. Then, when it goes online, it will spit out one million terabytes of data each day — and IBM is trying to make a computer which can handle it.