Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Cliffs of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko


Originally posted on In the Dark:
I don’t often post pictures from the excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day but today’s is so beautiful I couldn’t resist. Image Credit & Licence (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO): ESA, Rosetta spacecraft, NAVCAM; Additional…

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Solitons in a Swimming Pool


Originally posted on In the Dark:
Here’s a fascinating physics video for your amusement and edification: I think the video explains what is going on pretty well, but if you want more information (including some connections with other bits of…

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Planck 2014: The Results That Weren’t….


Originally posted on In the Dark:
A big conference started today in Ferrara, Italy, which my duties here at the University of Sussex unfortunately did not allow me to attend. The purpose of the meeting was to announce the latest…

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Bud Powell: Over the Rainbow


Originally posted on In the Dark:
There can  hardly be a tune ever written that some jazz musician somewhere hasn’t taken a fancy to and done their own original version, however unpromising the raw material. Louis Armstrong had a particularly amazing…

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Happy Birthday XMM Newton!


Originally posted on In the Dark:
I just discovered this morning that it’s fifteen years to the day since the launch of the orbiting X-ray Observatory XMM Newton. Here’s a nice slide-show with audio accompaniment featuring Drs Darren Baskill and…

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