The Thirty-Meter Telescope, A Cancer-Killing Virus, and a Fossil Find
Construction on the Thirty-Meter Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea has pitted some native Hawaiians against astronomers. Now Hawaiian governor David Ige has a proposal that allows for the continuing construction of the telescope—provided that some older telescopes on the volcano are shut down. In this episode of Good Thing/Bad Thing, Molly Solomon, a reporter at Hawaii Public Radio, gives us her take on the telescope proposal.
And Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us to talk about a few selected short subjects in science this week, like a herpes virus engineered to fight skin cancer, and an unlikely fossil hunter, who serves on the board of directors of a creationist museum.
Rachel Feltman is author of Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex, and is executive editor at Popular Science in New York, New York.
Molly Solomon is a general assignment reporter for Hawaii Public Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii.