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SKA Telescope Site Debate Not Over Yet 78

angry tapir writes "Although earlier reports claimed that a scientific panel recommended South Africa over Australia as the best site for the proposed Square Kilometre Array, the SKA board of directors is still debating which country will host the enormous US$2.1-billion radio telescope. The scientific panel only recommended South Africa by a narrow margin earlier this month."
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SKA Telescope Site Debate Not Over Yet

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  • by linatux ( 63153 ) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @07:15PM (#39469851)

    If only we could get reasonable internet access

  • by TWX ( 665546 ) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @07:21PM (#39469887)

    I guess it comes down the safety and political stability for the long term.

    In South Africa there have been problems with rural people being murdered, and while their political change appears to have by-and-large completed, no guarantee.

    In Australia, their government appears stable, but they've had some issues with censorship and excessive searching of people at their ports, plus one runs the risk of running afoul of biker gangs, and having to be avenged by a lone cop driving the last of the V8 interceptors. Then there's the problem of who runs Barter Town and breaking deals and facing wheels...

Experience varies directly with equipment ruined.