It's not that often that I put up two blog posts in the same day, but I couldn't wait for this one. In the past I've had trouble answering the question of "what has astronomy done for me" or "how can pure research benefit the economy."
Well, today I have a clear example of how something from astronomy is helping a different field which, in turn, helps people:
In the article they describe how AO, used to stabilize astronomical images from being blurred by Earth's atmosphere, has now been used to image a living retina. This could, in turn, lead to earlier diagnosis of eye diseases earlier and save people's eyesight!Read more