- 3 months ago
Following the late night news yesterday of a possible gamma ray burst in our next door neighboring galaxy Andromeda, it was an “Oh darn!” moment this morning to find out the big event was likely a false alarm. The false alert — and the ensuing false excitement — was due to an unlikely combination of…
- 4 months ago
Me: [reading from the synopsis] “…This has led Nicholas Ouellette and Pearson Miller at Yale University to question what would happen if the flock flew into a wall.”
Office mate: So they simulated bird flocks?
Me: Thank heavens, yes.
Roses are red,
Violets are red,
There is no pain,
You are receding at a speed approaching that of light…
Comment on "Atomic mass compilation 2012" by B. Pfeiffer, K. Venkataramaniah, U. Czok, C. Scheidenberger
This might be a bit of inside baseball, but:
For years, one international collaboration, the Atomic Mass Evaluation (or AME) collaboration, has periodically published review papers recommending values to be quoted for the known atomic masses based on previous experimental results. An unrelated group is publishing its own compilation in March. This is a comment on that work by the AME collaboration, and it is remarkable for its bluntness. If you’ve ever wondered what a nuclear physics beef looks like, this is your chance.
- 8 months ago