I was fortunate enough this week to have a chat with Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate and distinguished Professor at the ANU. The occasion is a rather austere one. Thanks largely to it’s geography, Australia has long had a place at the forefront of Astronomy. And we all enjoy many of the technological breakthroughs that this engendered – wifi for example. But our astronomical community is currently crafting their roadmap for the next decade, and Prof Schmidt warns of a decline unless there is meaningful investment and interest in the field. As Australia sheds it’s manufacturing base and the jobs and super-profits of the mining boom begin to fade, perhaps this is a warning best not ignored. Enjoy:

 

 

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