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LSST receives $30M from private sources January 3, 2008

Posted by apetrov in Physics, Science.
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It is pleasing to know that there are some people who want to support physical sciences. For instance, one of the large astrophysical projects, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) has just received $30M, $20M from the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences and $10M from Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Here is their press release. LSST will probe the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, which are rather hot developments in astroparticle physics nowdays. Does it mean that Windows Vista is now the official OS of LSST?

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1. fliptomato - January 3, 2008

Thanks for the news update, AP! However, do you worry that big science is increasingly depending on the Fred Kavlis and Mike Lazaridises of the world? It’s great that these people support science, but what about all the concerns when Jim Simons supported RHIC that it would set a dangerous precedent that the government didn’t need to fund science?

2. LSST receives $30M from private sources - January 3, 2008

[…] LSST receives $30M from private sources Telescope (LSST) has just received $30M, $20M from the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences and $10M from Microsoft founder Bill Gates. […]

3. Michael Schmitt - January 6, 2008

This is good news, indeed, very much in contrast to all the bad news about the DOE budget. I hope this helps convince the government that the public do value pure science…

4. apetrov - January 7, 2008

Fliptomato,

I also thought so. However, I was told by much more “seasoned researchers” that the effect could be just the opposite: DOE would be “ashamed” of someone else supporting the DOE project (hmmm…), so they would restore the funding. Well, one way or another, RHIC did get funding (but rumor has it that their Director was suggested to look for another job)… I honestly don’t know how it worked out…

5. apetrov - January 7, 2008

Michael,

Great to have you back in the blogosphere! It indeed could… too bad that noone supports HEP this way. Even though $30M is peanuts for experimental HEP (as far as I know LSST is a $500M project, so $30M will pay for one or two mirrors for that telescope)…


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