Shut down

It seems that there’s a very real chance that the giant Arecibo radio telescope will be shut down due to lack of money. (See this New Scientist article for the full depressing details. This would be a great loss to science – there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else on the planet. While the telescope has been used for a lot of research, it’s possibly best known for its use in the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project, which leads me to this cartoon which says all that really needs to be said:

UserFriendly Strip – 25 November 2007