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China will ramp up its space exploration plans from 2014, with shiny new kit to probe black holes, study dark matter and search for signs of alien life, according to one of the country’s top astro-boffins. Su Dingqiang, former president of the Chinese Astronomical Society and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, revealed …

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Anonymous Coward

soooo.... when can I start running the Chinese version of SET@home?

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Anonymous Coward

Sounds like a great idea! I personally would mandate its use in all their cyber cafes, think of the computing power going spare! (when chinese students are not killing orcs after being awake for 62 hours on illegal stimulants

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Anonymous Coward

Initially, I thought this was about porn.

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Silver badge

More to the point: Why not just contribute to international projects?

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Facepalm

sooo....you really want the Chinese to poke around your demetic PC, not me.

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Trollface

In addition to OBAMA@Phone, why not have MAO@Home?

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Coffee/keyboard

SKA

No one mentioned Square Kilometre Array to you?

Where's the 'Wake up and pay attention' icon when you need one!

This will be the largest single dish telescope, yes, but the most sensitive, will be taken by SKA when it's finished.

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Black Helicopters

Obviously there's an ulterior motive

It is unlikely that the Chinese govt is investing lots of CNY in science that would benefit Humanity. If that was the case, they could start with basic human rights, democratization etc.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Obviously there's an ulterior motive

Full blown democracy is over-rated, just look at the USA & Europe, the rights of the people often come second to what the leaders want to do...

Personally I think we need less laws stopping us from doing things, and more rights written in stone allowing us to do things...

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WTF?

Re: Obviously there's an ulterior motive

.. and how is that not full blown democracy? Liberalism is the daddy.

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" ...at a cost of over 700 million yuan (£69.3m)."

That sounds quite cheap - or have I become desensitised to big-science project costs?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: " ...at a cost of over 700 million yuan (£69.3m)."

The parts are "Made in China"

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Foxconn

Will they be slapping it together? If so, can we expect a big Apple badge on it? Also, I'm not sure I'd completely trust the data coming from it, unless that data is properly open and it's got scientists from around the World working on it. They could claim anything they liked. I mean, DID America really land on the moon?

(Getting the conspiracy party started...)

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Joke

Re: Foxconn

I'm sure I would have heard about a continent crashing into the moon.

(Getting the pedantry party started...)

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Pint

Re: Foxconn

Conspiracy, pedantry, irony & sarcasm are always welcome here:)

Beer, it's nearly Friday.

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Re: Foxconn

It wasn't America that crashed into the moon, it was the USA. America is not one country. It may even be two continients, if you consider the southern bit to be separate sort of.

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oh and that satellite could be turned back on earth to find alllllllll the secret things the usa is doing

and yes Canadians had this tech designed and hte us disallowed it oging into orbit....

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«Always striving to be the biggest and best on Earth,

China is also set to complete the world’s largest radio telescope in 2016.» Is that your inferiority complex showing, Phil ? Would you have written about the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico in these terms ?...

Henri

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