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Nasa's Mars lander has a Twitter feed; big science and astronomy may soon follow suit. Plus, the genomics of schizophrenia and shit

By Philip Ball   August 2009

Twittering from Mars

Visitors to the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire typically take one look at the gigantic dishes of the radio telescopes and ask the same question: what is it looking at? But it’s not just outsiders who wonder that. Astronomers who have been granted viewing time to look at their favourite objects at the big observatories also want quick notification of when the telescopes have done the job. This is just the sort of question for which the micro-blogging service Twitter was invented. And so radio astronomer Stuart Lowe at Jodrell Bank proposes that the astronomy community set…

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