I was dismayed by the news today that Jodrell Bank may have to close. The Lovell dish, which has been responsible for some fantastic discoveries in the past, is not a museum piece - it is still involved in important scientific research. Millions have been spent upgrading the radio telescope, and the sum involved which its closure is meant to save - £2.5 million - is minute compared with the amount of money being spent on the Olympics. The government needs to think again and listen to the scientific community before a world-class facility is lost forever.
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