Finally!

Oct. 26th, 2011 05:51 pm
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http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_graddiss/1048

It took them quite a bit longer than it should have, but my doctoral dissertation is finally live on the internet. Be sure to grab your limited-time only special edition before the downloads expire! (there is no special edition, I'm just trying to gin up downloads to make whatever internal stats they have look impressive to someone :p)
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Tonight, with the raspberry jello Cossie made, we have demonstrated Capillary Action of Jello as it sets inside of the fridge between the jello surface, the sides of a bowl, and a piece of plastic wrap placed over the jello (to prevent that weird jello skin from forming).
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This is pretty cool. 10 meter radio telescope satellite when combined with ground-based radio telescopes makes an effective telescope larger than the Earth.
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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-06-supernova-super.html

I don't have time to check it right now, but I think that 2002 supernova that serves as the basis for this article might have been the (believed to be) pair production instability supernova. I'll look into this more in the next couple of days and give an update. In the meantime, I just thought it was a neat article.

ugh

Mar. 29th, 2011 03:24 pm
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Office contaminated with mold-smelling air since they fixed the air duct to actually blow cold air into my office again x.x
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http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_page/20101217_Backing_off_an_arsenic-eating_claim.html

Amid a flurry of criticism, a NASA-funded team on Thursday backed off the more extravagant, textbook-changing claims they'd made about a bacterium that had allegedly substituted arsenic for phosphorus in its DNA.


Too bad too, the bacteria using an alternate element like Arsenic in its key structures opens the door to understand a much wider range of possible kinds of life.
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http://www.slate.com/id/2276919/pagenum/all/

Using arsenic instead of phosphorous is a pretty big deal in DNA. And if you look read that article from Slate, you can get a sense of all the counter-arguments against NASA's announced discovery. Hm. I just noticed I never linked the original article here in LJ. You can read the abstract here or I'm sure google it p
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It's kind of crazy that some little critter can leave footprints behind, but not its own corpse, isn't it?

http://newswise.com/articles/view/544975/
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I finished reading this book, after a year or three of trying to slog through it. I didn't enjoy it much, not nearly as much as I liked his previous book _The Elegant Universe_. It felt like the textual equivalent of chewing gristle. I don't know if it's because I am so close to the subject now, or what, but there you have it.
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Went to view the Quandrantid meteor shower. Unfortunately clouds at our viewing site (Rarity Mountain, on the interstate going up towards Jellico) meant that we didn't really have a view of anything. We did see one meteor, which was bright enough that it was viewable for a second or two through the clouds as a white, then reddish light. Pretty nice. Then we had breakfast at Shoney's in Caryville. Fun time. Sleeeeepy
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I was hoping to watch the Geminid meteor shower this year, but it's been cloudy and rainy on the best nights.

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