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SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS  Students practice launching balloons like the ones that will loft cameras to livestream the solar eclipse on August 21.

Allen Telescope Array

SEEKING E.T.  The Allen Telescope Array, located at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory in California, searches for signals from extraterrestrial intelligence. Astronomer Jill Tarter, the subject of the new book Making Contact worked to construct the telescope in the face of funding difficulties.

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WRITING ON THE WALL A new type of radiation detection could make it much harder to keep radioactive material under wraps.  

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