Steinn Sigurðsson

Professor of Astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University, Science Editor at Astrophysical Journal. Icelandic. Herder of Cats.

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Augmented Reality Layar at AAS

An interesting new twist for the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society will be the “Augmented Reality” poster – an instantiation of the very rapidly growing augmented reality features appearing everywhere through smartphone apps or google glass. V838 Mon poster by Vogt et al will have a layar augmentation: using layar creator, tags are…

Although many moons have passed, we once again approach The Mighty iPod One, and we once again ask the impossible: Oh, Mighty iPod, is there indeed invasive terrestrial scum on Europa, transmitted through the mystery of lithopanspermia? Woosh goes the Mighty iPod. Woosh. The Covering: Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bowie and Crosby The…

Yule lads: it begins

Tonight it begins: Stekkjastaur is headed for town. Be good. Believe!

Hel

This is awesome! I am reliably informed that this was one of the all time great concerts. Skálmöld and the Icelandic Symphony in concert at Harpa.

11.11

Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious ship which will peer far and wide… The European Space Agency is being very sensible and mapping out its schedule for large and medium science missions for the medium term, under the Cosmic Vision program. In particular, the first of the large missions, L1, has been chosen and…

Bolden Responds

“Text of Bolden Response to Wolf Letter Re Chinese Participation in Kepler Conference” – from spacepolicyonline.com >From: Bolden, Charles (HQ-AA000) >Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:20 PM Central Standard Time >To: >Cc: >Subject: Response to Chairman Wolf “It is unfortunate that potential Chinese participants were refused attendance at the upcoming Kepler Conference at the Ames…

The Lights Are Going Out…

When it is darkest, men see the stars. This afternoon I needed to check something urgently, and as is my habit in this day and age, I jumped to a website where I knew the information was available. A few seconds later, with some irritation I went to hit “refresh” as the request failed to…

educational tidbits

the venerable Chronicle of Higher Education had a few interesting tidbits in last week’s issue: How a College Took Assessment to Heart, Lebanon Valley College takes an accreditors warning to heart – the key issue being that the informal committee of “General Officers”, the Vice Presidents, with the college President, were making all decisions, and…