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Arecibo is getting decommissioned

NSF begins planning for decommissioning of Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope due to safety concerns.

https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=301674#.X7afajgoo88.twitter

Following a review of engineering assessments that found damage to the Arecibo Observatory cannot be stabilized without risk to construction workers and staff at the facility, the U.S. National Science Foundation will begin plans to decommission the 305-meter telescope, which for 57 years has served as a world-class resource for radio astronomy, planetary, solar system and geospace research.

The decision comes after NSF evaluated multiple assessments by independent engineering companies that found the telescope structure is in danger of a catastrophic failure and its cables may no longer be capable of carrying the loads they were designed to support. Furthermore, several assessments stated that any attempts at repairs could put workers in potentially life-threatening danger. Even in the event of repairs going forward, engineers found that the structure would likely present long-term stability issues.

Well that sucks. Thanks again 2020.

Maybe we could seriously consider building a radio telescope on the far side of the moon now?

Tuesday deadline to apply for membership on Colorado redistricting commissions!

Do you have some time to help shape the next 10 years of Colorado politics? Willing to work for a modest per diem?

From Colorado Sun:
Colorado needs more people to help redraw political maps. And lack of diversity remains an issue.

Colorado officials anticipated a diverse group of more than 1,000 applicants would be interested in serving on each of two panels voters created to redraw electoral representation districts.

Instead, they got a fraction of that number and a group that does not reflect the diversity of the state. That sparse response has led officials and advocates to sound the alarm just days before Tuesday’s application deadline.
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The underwhelming number of applicants is exacerbated by a lack of diversity among those who have applied. Amendments X and Y require the state commission to reflect “Colorado’s racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity.” But so far, both pools of applicants are disproportionately white, over the age of 60 and male.


Apply here! Deadline is Tuesday!!

https://redistricting.colorado.gov


[on edit: removed inappropriate comment about not applying if you're a white male over 60]
Posted by CloudWatcher | Sun Nov 8, 2020, 11:55 PM (0 replies)
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