A very interesting preservation battle is currently playing out in Hawaii, as native Hawaiians are protesting the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, which would be the most powerful in the world, on the sacred mountain of Mauna Kea. The mountain, a dormant volcano, already has 13 observatories built on it, but the TMT seems to be the final straw for the protestors. "When the public looks at Mauna Kea, what you see are telescopes," one said. "So the assumption is that this mountain belongs to foreign scientists." Protestors forced builders to pull back this week, and dozens were arrested, posted bail, and went right back to the mountain.
· Protesters block construction of massive telescope on sacred Hawaiian mountain [RT]
· Arrested protesters post bail, return to Hawaii mountain [Yahoo!]