MIT 2 Mar 2017, 23:55 UTC This week, the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) telescope project team was awarded a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to MIT to expand the HERA telescope in South Africa to begin looking for the effects of light from the first generation of stars that formed in the universe. HERA, an international project led by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, with initial funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is looking for signals from the “epoch of reionization” (EoR) when 90 percent of the hydrogen atoms created in the early universe were destroyed by the first luminous stars and black holes. The enhancement of the array, supported by the additional funding and carried out in partnership with MIT, the University of Virginia, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, will increase HERA's capability in several different ways. “Expanding HERA will help us map bubbles of ionization around early galaxies in our universe and will extend our ability to find the earliest signs of star formation in our universe,” said Aaron Parsons, lead investigator on the HERA project and associate professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley, who noted the importance of collecting area and bandwidth for ...
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MIT 2 Mar 2017, 15:30 UTC For years, Maia Weinstock, the deputy editor of MIT News, has been creating miniature LEGO figurines to honor and promote such scientists and engineers as MIT Institute Professor Emerita Mildred Dresselhaus, Vice President for Research Maria T. Zuber, and Department of Chemical Engineering head Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Chair Professor in Engineering. The figures are Weinstock’s playful way of boosting the visibility of scientists, in particular the work of female scientists. Now, a set of LEGOs Weinstock created celebrating the history of women at NASA is about to blast off. On Tuesday, LEGO announced that Weinstock’s project, which spotlights five women who made historic contributions to the U.S. space program, has been selected to become an official LEGO set. “What a wonderful way to celebrate the scientific achievements of these five pioneering women,” says Zuber, the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and the first woman to lead a NASA planetary mission. “And I’m thrilled with the message that these LEGOs will send to girls — that they, too, can pursue their passions in science, technology, engineering, and math, and help make a better world.” Last summer Weinstock submitted her concept, dubbed the Women of NASA, to LEGO Ideas, ...
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