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The Giant Magellan Telescope will help astronomers demystify dark matter, probe black holes in distant galaxies and study planets around other stars

The Giant Magellan Telescope will help astronomers demystify dark matter, probe black holes in distant galaxies and study planets around other stars

It’s been more than eight decades since Paris, Texas banker William J. McDonald left most of his estate to the unsuspecting University of Texas at Austin. McDonald wanted his money used to establish an astronomical observatory. The surprised university had no astronomy department or faculty at the time. Artists’ conception of the Giant Magellan Telescope.…   » Continue Reading

Cool lessons in hot science delivered by new education symposium

Cool lessons in hot science delivered by new education symposium

Not Your Mama’s Science Class: Back when boomers were driving Pinto hatchbacks to Friday night football games and rocking out to Led Zeppelin on the eight-track, it wasn’t cool to like science and math. If you loved physics and others got wind of it, you could suffer for your passion.