Posts made in January, 2008


Yes, that was a lame title. The carnival on the other hand, is very much not lame, so go check it out on Visual Astronomy. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this many people participate. Go mingle with the astronomy crowd at the...

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Dark Energy is Real


Posted By on Jan 30, 2008

This is apparently the post I wasn’t supposed to publish. I wrote it yesterday, and had it somehow utterly disappear from my HD after a crash. I then was writing it in wordpress and had Firefox crash on it before the first auto save… In a really cool press release that I got yesterday but couldn’t share (silly embargoes), it was announced that observations of distant galaxies support the idea that Dark Energy is most...

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One of the cool things about my life is that I occasionally get asked to review things. Mostly, I get to read books I otherwise couldn’t afford, but sometimes some really cool technology crosses my desk too. Most recently, techlasers sent me an Infiniti 125mW Green (532nm) laser. (For reference the Federal Laser Product Performance (CDRH) Standard considers 0.385mW the max that should go into your eye! See here). This is an OM#G...

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Many ramblings


Posted By on Jan 29, 2008

I am so so annoyed at myself. I have been frantically working to find time to write between classes because I got this really really cool press release and I wanted to share its findings with you. I just about have the story done (and I’m done with students for the day, so I can think), and I just realized the story is embargoed until TOMORROW at 1pm Eastern. Grrrrrr So, I will go home and find something else to write about if I...

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Sometime this weekend I looked up at my calendar and realized, “I didn’t hear the Space Shuttle Challenger mentioned at all this weekend.” Twenty-Two years ago today, during middle school lunch block on the East coast, the Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off from Cape Canaveral with a crew of 6 astronauts and one schoolteacher from New Hampshire. (Image: STS-51L, the last flight of the Challenger (NASA)) In many...

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