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A collection of recent TMT press releases and articles featuring TMT.

Yes, the state should allow TMT on Mauna Kea
Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Our group, Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities (PUEO), is made up of highly respected members of the Hawaiian community. more »

Dynamic Structures is awarded $10 million contract award for final design phase of Thirty Meter Telescope Enclosure


[From Empire Industries Ltd.] - Empire Industries Ltd. today announced that its Dynamic Structures division has been awarded a contract from Canadian Commercial Corporation for the final design and... more »

Amano tackles TMT motions
Hawaii Tribune Herald


Riki May Amano, hearings officer for the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case, waded through procedural questions and assertions of Hawaiian sovereignty during a hearing Friday in Hilo. But some of the weightier motions seeking to dismiss TMT’s land use permit application and disqualify the state’s legal counsel were deferred until another meeting Aug. 12.   more »

Multiple motions filed in TMT case; hearing set for today
Hawaii Tribune Herald


Participants in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case have filed a flurry of motions ahead of today’s meeting in Hilo, from declaring Mauna Kea sacred to ongoing challenges to Riki May Amano’s selection as hearings officer. more »

TMT support high, Big Isle poll finds
Honolulu Star Advertiser


 Hawaii island residents continue to show strong support for the Thirty Meter Telescope, acording to a public opinion poll commissioned by the nonprofit that aims to build and run the $1.4 billion project atop Mauna Kea. more »

Latest Poll on Hawaii Island Shows 2-1 Margin in Support for TMT Construction


HILO, HAWAII - The results of a new scientific poll show Hawaii Island residents support the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The public opinion poll conducted in... more »

THINK Fund at Pauahi Foundation Awards $194,000 in Scholarships to Hawaii Island Students


2016 Pauahi THINK Fund Scholars—Diverse, Creative and Courageous more »

Public support for telescope increases
Honolulu Star Advertiser


 The Thirty Meter Telescope might be a Big Island project, but Oahu is clearly TMT country. In the latest Hawaii poll, more than three-quarters of Oahu's likely primary voters say they support construction of the controversial $1.4 billion astronomy project, and more than half say it would negatively affect Hawaii's business reputation is it does not go forward. more »

From Around the World to Japan: Discussions of the Future for TMT


In May 2016, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan were gathering places for TMT-related scientists, engineers, educators and public communications experts from around the world to discuss and plan the future for... more »

The future of astronomy in Hawaii hinges on the Thirty Meter Telescope
Physics Today


Mauna Kea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, remains the favored site for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), but in the face of multiple hurdles, the project’s leaders are making backup plans. The TMT partners hope the legal difficulties ensuing from the opposition to the telescope by some native Hawaiians will be resolved by early next year. If not, though, the partners intend to start construction somewhere else in April 2018. more »