Continuing Conversation

Blows against supersymmetry and facebook.

Matthew Bailes continues ruminations at the Conversation - the general riff is on crowd sourcing and distributed computing, with a bit of bragging on The Beast they got down under.
Ok, I'm, just jealous.

I had not heard of Diaspora - be interesting to see if it can crowd out fb or other commercial social networks.

The Raspberry Pi I had indeed heard of, and will be acquisitioning. My kids are so looking forward to have their own computers... ;-)

But, what we really conclude, is that Matt needs to meet Charlie Stross for a quiet beer or three.

On a different note, there are rumours from the Hadron Collider Physics conference in Kyoto that Bs -> μ+ + μ- decay has been observed at the LHC, albeit at low significance (claimed 3.5 σ - looks more like 2.2 σ to the jaundiced eye, but that is just me being cynical).
However, the inferred rate is not consistent with supersymmetry.
Presumably N=1 low energy SUSY.

Beeb new story (cribbed from Astronomer fb group).

See also Quantum Diaries blog with ugly graphs.

Official word at LHC
Paper and Talk here

On a different note: Chad at Uncertain Principles is on fire with Financiers Still Aren't Rocket Scientists (well, some of them...) and Twilight of the Elites and the Rise of the Culture

Final reminder: applications to the Aspen Winter Conferences are due.

Biophysics and Condensed Matter deadlines are already past,
Pulsars and Dark Matter applications are due by thursday!


More like this

For reasons too complicated to explain, I am at The LHC Show the Way workshop at the Aspen Center for Physics. This is a three week workshop on the latest results from the LHC, to be followed by a four week workshop on new physics from the LHC and possible connections to dark matter. The kickoff…
"The subject of gambling is all encompassing. It combines man's natural play instinct with his desire to know about his fate and his future." -Franz Rosenthal Last month, Sean Carroll asked the blogosphere to give their personal odds on whether various theories will turn out to be true or not. And…
“Supposedly she’d died, but here she was again–somewhat changed, but you couldn’t kill her. Not when the truest part of her hadn’t even been born.” -Denis Johnson Over the past 100 years, our picture of the Universe has changed dramatically, on both the largest scales and the smallest. Image…
Large Fluctuations and Collective Behavior in Solids is an overlapping workshop going on in parallel with the LHC stuff at the Aspen Center for Physics, while down the road the Republican Governors' meet at the Aspen Institute and Romney is down the valley while his peeps meet with the super PACs…