Is Astronomy being Reduced to Pixel Archive Science?

Thanks to SeattleAstronomy.com for their last month's visit to RCA and this excellent article on our February speaker, Dr. Gregory Bothun:

A University of Oregon professor of physics frets that astronomy is drowning in data that threatens to reduce it to a “pixel archive science.” His solution is something right out of Star Trek.

Dr. Gregory Bothun made a presentation titled, “Big Data, Discovery, and a New Kind of Astronomy: Are We Prepared?” at the February meeting of the Rose City Astronomers at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. Bothun noted that efforts such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey provide the stuff of discovery."

Read More at SeattleAstronomy.com.