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Major Indian science projects hit by legal, political delays: Nobel laureate

  • India isn’t moving fast enough on major scientific projects due to ‘political and legal delays,’ David Gross, physicist and 2004 Nobel laureate, told at Vibrant Gujarat summit in Ahmedabad.
  • Gross was referring to the stalled India Neutrino Observatory, a massive underground detector of subatomic particles, proposed to come up in Tamil Nadu.
  • The detector is to come up in an ecologically-fragile zone and has invited opprobrium by activist groups.
  • Government gave nod last year for an India-based arm of an observatory to detect gravitational waves, called LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory).
  • This was after signs of gravitational waves, resulting from the collision of two massive black holes 1.3 billion light-years from earth.
  • India isn’t the only country to face environmental hurdles to large observatories. A proposed Thirty Metre Telescope in Hawaii is likely to be shifted out after protests by environmentalist groups.