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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…

Not one cent!

“Not one penny…”!!! My Precious vanished… and then… desperate times indeed. But the ass. made one critical mistake.. while they were distracted by some science bits, it being proposal season, you know, they left their lair unguarded, and our superbly NASA-trained team of astro ninjas carried out a successful extraction! They’ll now just have to…

A Haiku for Science

Our future foretell Galaxies of stellar poems From space science spring Inspired by Jason Wright’s Thesis, Lucianne Walkowicz called out Astronomers on facebook to describe their current research as Haiku To the Occasion All Astronomers Sprung Forth Poetic Research There is a collection of some of the contributions at Rhymes Like Science Where my feeble…

Linkedy Links X

More Phenomenal random links to random stuff: life, the Universe and Everything Phenomena – new blog group under National Geographic, including some long time scibloggers: The Loom, Not Exactly Rocket Science, Laelaps and Only Human, to begin with. On the Usefulness of Useless Knowledge – Bee explains. Substantive Advice to Admissions Committees – Or, why,…