Astronomy Cast Ep. 403: Funding Big Science: from Alma to LIGO to TMT

Article Updated: 22 Feb , 2016


How much of a challenge is it to get funding for large projects like LIGO? Fraser and Pamela discuss the difficult issues finding “Big Money.”

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February 16, 2016 6:20 AM
In regards to Dr. Pamela’s comment near the beginning about there being only one LIGO signal to this point: It seems the LIGO folks took so long trying to make sure their “non-6-sigma detection” was actually worthy of putting out there in the public forum, that two other signals (at least) have since been found (one last October and one in December, supposedly) and more papers are on the way. In a nifty coincidence (if such can be said to exist), here’s a paper from the GBM folks at Fermi who tracked a gamma ray burst event coincidentally close in both time and space to the event LIGO supposedly observed: From the abstract: “If the GBM transient… Read more »
February 16, 2016 6:25 AM

Also, Fraser, I’m still seeing the “Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!” error message. Might want to work on that, good Sir.