The first image of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers, which is the “most direct proof of their existence”, one of the project's lead scientists said. Photo: AFP The first image of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers, which is the “most direct proof of their existence”, one of the project's lead scientists said. Photo: AFP
The first image of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers, which is the “most direct proof of their existence”, one of the project's lead scientists said. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

Why pour billions into searching for a black hole and reaching distant stars when worthier causes exist at home?

  • From photographing a black hole to China’s particle collider, billions are being spent on esoteric physics and space research, which could more fruitfully be allocated to projects that would solve the planet’s pressing problems

The first image of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers, which is the “most direct proof of their existence”, one of the project's lead scientists said. Photo: AFP The first image of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers, which is the “most direct proof of their existence”, one of the project's lead scientists said. Photo: AFP
The first image of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers, which is the “most direct proof of their existence”, one of the project's lead scientists said. Photo: AFP
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.