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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 12 2011

All eyes on CERN

The mystery may get a little less mysterious in this afternoon: (BBC) — Prof Stefan Soldner-Rembold, from the University of Manchester, called the quality of the LHC’s results “exceptional”, adding: “Within one year we will probably know whether the Higgs particle exists, but it is likely not going to be a Christmas present.” He told …

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Dec 11 2011

Greenland rising

Southern Greenland scenery, near Nanortalik, where fjords and mountains dominate the landscape.

Antarctica beckons, and on the other end of the earth, the island or continent or whatever we’re calling Greenland these days is rising, literally, thanks to global warming and a process called isostasy:

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Dec 11 2011

Antarctica beckons

The blue ice covering the lake comes from glacial meltwater from the Canada Glacier and other smaller glaciers. The fresh water stays on top of the lake and freezes, sealing in briny water below.

It seems a shame, an entire continent rugged and rich in its own way, wasted, at least for exploitation by modern day humans. But that unique environment has enormous potential for science, and it could be an ideal place for astronomy and space exploration research that might reach far beyond the icy plains and frozen mountains:

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Dec 10 2011

We the Tweeple, in order to form a functioning interface, beseech you …

I beg you, I beseech you, oh Mighty Gods of Twitter, please fix the myriad, aggravating flaws with your user interface. I like Twitter, my friends like Twitter, it’s become a primary Internet tool. almost on par with Google. The underlying concept is brilliant, like an adult version of Facebook, without the bullshit fluffy-feely we-wanna-harvest-every-last thing about you and …

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Dec 10 2011

Republicans deserve Newt Gingrich

Really, let’s just recognize the performance artists making up what was formerly known as the Republican Party are getting their just rewards. It’s been going this way for a long time and, like an abusive spouse with a love of the bottle hitting middle age, it’s been getting noticeably worse over the last few years. Conservative …

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Dec 10 2011

This week in science!

This week rumors swirled that … something … was found in the LHC data. There’s plenty of inside baseball players saying it’s likely to be tentative evidence that the search for the Higgs Boson is nearing a phase transition. So, what is the Higgs Boson you ask? The LHC rap above with intro by MC Hawking does a …

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Dec 09 2011

Lunar eclipse offers rare treat for some in the wee morning hours

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The image above courtesy of Anthony Ayiomamitis gives an idea of the treat in store for star-gazer tonight. In the wee morning hours a beautiful full moon will offer up a rare show in crystal winter skies as it sets gently wrapped in red and gold in the west: the 2011 lunar eclipse. Cosmic Log has a great rundown …

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Dec 09 2011

Drug war: Think of the jobs!

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My buddy Tim aka MeteorBlades, eloquently points out that there are some useful consequences from the War on Some drugs. Think of the jobs!

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Dec 08 2011

Cambrian predator was a real horror show

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The already rather fearsome anomalocaris just got even more ferocious. Paleontologists found a well preserved specimen with detail on the eye arrangement, and this top predator of the Cambrian Explosion had eye stalks: (MSNBC) — When you look at the animal it has these really gnarly looking grasping claws at the top of its head, for …

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Dec 08 2011

Economy recovery really under way?

An analyst in the investment racket once told me “Things don’t usually move as fast as you think they will, but when they start moving they often keep going longer and further than you think they will.” The year was 1994, at the end of a long recession, and boy was he right. Hopefully, last week’s unemployment …

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