I won't bore you with an introduction but I'll just say "Ghostbusters" is one of the funniest movies of all time. So I decided to live blog it, but just the science parts. Let me know how I did.
Opening: Great movies open with something happening. A rare few, like "Superman", can start with credits. Librarians getting the bejeezus scared out of them are always funny. In 2 minutes, we already feel like something happened, then we get a teaser of the song.
Just a quick link today, to acknowledge an interesting report
on the life of physics students in Greece and the present situation with Universities there. And of course, if you wish to practice your Greek, there are more articles there, translated for us by Yiannis Michaloliakos.
"The question is not whether these boards will catch fire or not. The question is when they will".
(Said by Fermilab electronics experts who were members of a review panel that provided advice on the construction of a prototype of fast-tracker hardware boards that had been designed for CDF for Run I. The boards were meant to process online data from the CDF tracker at trigger level 2. The boards were redesigned and eventually worked very reliably (no fires!)).
With 365 days in a year and a whole lot of causes and events and gimmicks, it is no surprise that there are sometimes lots and lots of 'National XYZ' Days on the same day.
The National Months get kind of cluttered too. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, American Pharmacist Month, Apple Jack Month, Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Clergy Appreciation Month, Computer Learning Month, Cookie Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Eat Country Ham Month. International Drum Month, Lupus Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month, National Pizza Month, National Vegetarian Month, National Popcorn Popping Month and, as you can already tell by the tone of this piece, Sarcastic Month.
To many the label "scientist" has a residue of meaning a certain kind of white male. Western society in particular loves labels and loves to put people in tiny boxes. This story is about the social consequence of violating the norm of western society in regards to who fits the label "scientist".
The incident that caused a million clacking keyboards in the science blogosphere involved Sci Am blogger Danielle N. Lee being called a "Urban Whore" when she refused to blog for free at another publication. The quote from someone identified only as 'Ofek' who worked for Biology Online was
Tropical Cyclone Phailin is closing on northeastern India and by morning will bring winds exceeding 100 miles per hour and a storm surge up to 20 feet.
Windgusts near landfall could be 150 MPH. They were higher than that a few hours ago.
NASA would ordinarily provide details but while the administration has 83% of the government working during the budget negotiations, including 463 people just in the White House and a fully staffed Congressional gym, 97% of NASA and other science organizations are furloughed.
In case you missed the memo (HOW COULD YOU), we're in the middle of International Cephalopod Awareness Days. Over the years the celebration has grown to encompass five full days of merriment (you can follow the joy on facebook) and I'm pretty sure we'll end by taking the whole of October. It's the 10th month but still contains the number 8 in its name, making it naturally welcoming to a taxonomic group composed primarily of octopods and decapods.
This special edition of the Space Show may be of special interest if you read my recent science20.com articles about Mars and space colonization. I was asked great questions by David Livingston, and listeners to his live show.
Could Mars One comply with the Outer Space Treaty and planetary protection? What about Elon Musk's Space-X plans to colonize Mars? NASA's plans for a Mars sample return? Missions to the Moon and asteroids? What would it be like to explore Mars from orbit, telerobotically, and never set foot on it in person?
This page is a rewrite of the page that was here a few days ago, I had some issues with getting the sign of the data right. The values are the same, only the direction of the change in minimum temperature changed. I apologize for any confusion this may have created.
As soon as I can get the upload to work I intend to upload all of my sql code used to process this data for inquiring minds and anyone who'd like to duplicate this work.