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Washing Up

Here's something dished up earlier :-)

The world's largest radio telescope, which has been built in China, is beginning an intensive testing phase.

Chinese scientists report that the giant dish, which measures 500m (1,640ft) across, is complete and has received its first signals from space.

It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument so it can become fully operational.

The facility, part of China's drive to become a science powerhouse, was opened at a ceremony on Sunday.

"This is very exciting," Prof Peng Bo, deputy project manager of the Five Hundred Metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (Fast), told the BBC.

"For many years, we have had to go outside of China to make observations - and now we have the largest telescope. People can't wait to use it."

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Promoting Culture & Diversity

"We have an excellent event planned and we now need make sure as many people get to enjoy it as possible.

It’s an exciting line-up of activities with accessibility sports (volleyball, cycling, boccia, touch tag rugby), Tai Chi, Yoga, An introduction to Mindfulness, Circus Skills, a Bollywood workshop, Stomp workshop, dance from around the world, 4 bands, Henna art, Art workshops, food sampling from world cuisine with stalls and exhibitions from various professional agencies.  Scarborough’s Deputy Lord Mayor will be attending the event.  Entry is free to all with optional bucket collections for the RNLI."

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