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EU Science Slam

This is a public service announcement: the EU is running a FameLab like Science Slam EURAXESS Researcher in Motion Science Slam, sponsored by the European Commission. “If you are a researcher currently based in North America (US and Canada), enter the competition by posting a video featuring your science slam on our LinkedIn site, or…

Cyber Wars: liveblog

Ok, straight from cosmology to cybersecurity: the Aspen Institute is running an “Aspen Security Forum” with several days of events. Tonight General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA is doing a forum with NBC’s Pete Williams. I got a ticket and got here early, as the heavens opened up and the lightning flashed. Despite the…

Linkedy Links XIII

Playing catch-up here: Science is Hard – Chad’s take Waiting for the Revolution – David Gross’s take Why Open Access Makes No Sense – I think Robin Osborne is actually saying something other than social network reactions thought he was saying, but I am not saying he is right. The End of Kepler – Chris…

Life Is…

… a self-reproducing Turing Machine which can do work.

iThinker

MAD still has flashes of briliance

Linkedy Links XII

Knock. Knock. Hello? Is this thing still working? Anyone there? Ok, it is end of semester and I am out of excuses. Time to clear out some backlog of stuff to read. Am I Wrong? – Bruce Alberts, Editor in Chief of Science, worries about the future. He is rarely wrong. Time Crystals – interesting…

The department of Astronomy & Astrophysics is proud to announce a special colloquium by a distinguished visitor: TITLE: Emission Lines Accompanying Gamma-Ray Flares from the Tidal Disruption of Dyson Spheres by Binary Intermediate-Mass Black Holes at z ~ 10. Special Lunch Talk, Monday, April 1, 2013 by Professor Rajesh Koothrappali, Circumference Institute [Host: Hofstadter] ABSTRACT:…

this is not a Planck post… Visalization of the Gödel Universe WMAP-9 Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays? – Astrophysicist lets you pick the priors and decide… Harvard did WHAT? “Detection of Carbon Monoxide and Water Absorption Lines in an Exoplanet Atmosphere” – Konopacky et al Science (sub) – HR8799 good S/N spectra “Direct imaging discovery of…

Linkedy Links XI

My quasi-periodic dump of interestingee thingees off the intertoobz “The Most Precise Extra-Galactic Black-Hole Mass Measurement” A. Gould (ApJ submitted) aka the most talked about paper in astronomy this week… How to kill your audience – apparently fake Wolverine claws are essential… Time to Rethink Cosmic Inflation? – and you thought CDM vs MOND was…

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…