Rick Forster, Univ. of California at Berkeley, on-camera
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The BIMA array's many receiving dishes act as a single telescope, searching the heavens for clues to such questions as:
Buried in the radio signals that the BIMA array collects from space are the answers to these intriguing questions. First, though, scientists must turn the mountains of data produced by the telescope into images, especially radio maps, that yield insight. Important advances in computing technologies and high speed telecommunications are now enabling them to do this much more quickly. As a result, the pace of discovery from the BIMA array and other radiotelescopes promises to quicken by leaps and bounds.
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