Breakthrough Initiatives, internet philanthropist Yuri Milner’s deep-pockets effort to find life in the universe, may also advance science on the home planet as it acquires the capabilities it needs to do the job. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has agreed to give Milner’s group at least 50 hr. of observation time with its Very Large Telescope (VLT) in exchange for funds to modify a key instrument that should improve its ability to spot planets orbiting in the habitable ...

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