2. The fight over the Thirty Meter Telescope reveals science's shortcomings

Photo illustration of a collage featuring a rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope and differently colored brush strokes.
Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios, Telescope rendering: TMT International Observatory

The yearslong fight to stop the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii has laid bare the fractured relationships between researchers and the communities they rely on for science.

Why it matters: At almost 14,000 feet, the dormant volcano is a coveted location for astronomers looking to answer deep questions about the universe. But for many Native Hawaiians, it's a sacred place that has already been desecrated by past telescopes.

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