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Answers on a single sheet double spaced 12 pt font, by monday, please, including figures. The NASA Advisory Council, subcommittee on Astrophysics, has started a Roadmap Exercise. The roadmap exercise was called for at the February 2013 meeting. The roadmap is intended to: Articulate NASA’s astrophysics vision looking out 30 years Science-based -> identify key…

The Dark Matter Crisis Continues Pavel and Marcel give the back story of what happened at scilog and the social media mud flinging over MOND and other alternate conjectures for modified gravity. Also on the fb “Astronomers” group “The Dark Matter Crisis” will have a guest blog entry tomorrow on the science issue. It really…

Sequestration Revelations

Sequestration begins on Friday, and this time for real… it is, ironically, Hubble Space Telescope Proposal Deadline Day, but then everyday is a Proposal Day. I’m guessing that this year the “Hubble Constant” will decrease. The Agencies are now revealing their plans to deal with sequester. As you recall the amount is $83 billion from…

MOND or Matter

Time magazine just ran an article “Cosmic Fuggedaboudit: Dark Matter May Not Exist At All” – a revisit of the MOND hypothesis. The story keys off the recent article by Ibata on the Andromeda dwarf galaxies (sub) arXiv pdf, and here is the full ApJ article on arXiv. Independent of these recent developments, it highlights…

Siding Spring Observatory Fire

astropixie has running update on the Siding Spring Observatory Fire in Warrumbungle National Park in Australia. PS: Day After the Fire update from astropixie – telescopes mostly ok, astronomy facilities not so much #ClimateChange

The James Webb Space Telescope is large, overbudget and in a category of its own. Literally. And now stirring over some controversy as the reality of science funding starts smacking scientists in the face. Last year, as I’m, sure you remember, the JWST funding line was take out of the Astrophysics Division and segregated in…

Holy Schrödinger’s Cat!

Schrödinger’s Qu’ran – a 2012 thought experiment – in The Conversation, Matthew Bailes updates a classic paradox… “…a physicist could extend this thought experiment to write a php script that would randomly download one of the Bible, Qur’an or even a classical quantum mechanics textbook to the iPad…” On the Dispositive Null in the Literature…

NSF AST: we hear ya, bro

Anyone want to buy some telescopes? Heavily used. Free to a good home. The NSF has issued a preliminary response to the NSF Astronomy Portfolio Review. Game on. NSF MPS/AST Response to Portfolio Review Report (pdf) This is a 4 page response from NSF Astronomy Division Director Ulvestad to the Portfolio Review, from August 31st…

β male

Bain Capital: “all β and no α”

linkedy links I

time for all new linkedy links here at the new digs Quantum Frontiers – a new blog from the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, with kickoff by John Preskill hisself. Question of the day: explain quantum mechanics in five words My attempt: Probability Amplitudes, Observables don’t Commute Good to know John still does khakis…