The thing is, astronomy research has no inherent profit in it. The work astronomers do can (and often does) eventually have a strong impact on human technology and society but, at the time the scientists are still doing it? Not really.
Astronomy research is not done for profit and frequently involves collaborations which straight up ignore national borders and political matters, focusing on acquiring knowledge and sharing it freely.
Honestly, capitalists hate it.
@InvaderXan what both, astronomy, and particle physics have done in the past couple of years is push the limits of technology
OpenStack came out of NASA.
CERN was the first to have tons of data to process, and had *actual* use for BigData¹ technologies
¹When your data can fit into RAM, you don't have BigData.
It's cheaper to just have it all in one database, that's running from RAM, than buy dozens of machines and employ 3 people to evaluate how many clicks someone made.
LOFAR, the enormous Dutch low-frequency radio telescope, archives all its data publicly. This is a challenge, because that means making quite a few petabytes of data reliably archived and publicly available. We do that by working with a computer science research group studying how to do precisely that.
@InvaderXan @anne we could add another discipline, and store it in… somebody: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/dna-storage/
The Australian radio-astronomer [...] developed a key patent used in Wi-Fi as a by-product of a [CSIRO] research project, "a failed experiment to detect exploding mini black holes the size of an atomic particle". Dr O'Sullivan and his colleagues are credited with inventing Wi-Fi. In 1992 and 1996, CSIRO obtained patents for a method later used in Wi-Fi to "unsmear" the signal.
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