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Legendary Arecibo telescope will close forever
Legendary Arecibo telescope will close forever
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The 305-metre-wide radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico is permanently closing. Engineers cannot find a safe way to repair it after two cables supporting the structure suddenly and catastrophically broke, one in August and one in early November.

"Even attempts at stabilization or at testing the cables could result in accelerating the catastrophic failure," said Ralph Gaume, the NSF's head of astronomy, at a 19 November media briefing.

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Federal Judge rules that not granting Puerto Rico access to federal programs is unconstitutional
Federal Judge rules that not granting Puerto Rico access to federal programs is unconstitutional
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Judge William G. Young has ruled that the United States federal government "discriminates" Puerto Ricans by denying Supplemental Security Income and is unconstitutional. Nine plaintiffs had appealed to the courts.

The judge has granted the federal government a two-month administrative timeframe in which the ruling only applies to the nine plaintiffs and legal experts expect the government to appeal the ruling and probably take it to the highest instance, the United States Supreme Court.