Monthly Archives: January 2015

The BICEP2 Bubble Bursts…


Originally posted on In the Dark:
I think it’s time to break the worst-kept secret in cosmology, concerning the claimed detection of primordial gravitational waves by the BICEP2 collaboration that caused so much excitement last year; see this blog, passim.…

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The Map is not the Territory


Originally posted on In the Dark:
I came across this charming historical map while following one of my favourite Twitter feeds “@Libroantiguo” which publishes fascinating material about books of all kinds, especially old ones. It shows the location of London…

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Nowhere man


“eminent physicist, polyglot classicist, prize-winning botanist, hard-biting satirist, talented pianist, good dentist too” (c) “I’d spent five hours that morning trying to write a song that was meaningful and good, and I finally gave up and lay down. Then ‘Nowhere … Continue reading

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Andromeda in High Resolution


Originally posted on In the Dark:
This afternoon I gave three hours of lectures on the trot, so I’m now feeling more than a little knackered. Before I head home for an early night, though, I thought I’d share this…

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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock


Originally posted on In the Dark:
S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse. Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero, Senza tema…

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Why was 2014 warm AND wet?


Originally posted on Protons for Breakfast Blog:
Colour-coded Map of UK showing how each region of the UK exceeded the 1981-2010 average temperature. Crown Copyright 2014 was the warmest year in the UK ‘since records began’ – and most probably the warmest since…

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The Giant Steps of Buddy DeFranco


Originally posted on In the Dark:
Christmas Eve saw the passing of another great Jazz artist, the clarinettist Buddy DeFranco , at the grand old age of 91. Not surprisingly, glowing tributes to him have appeared in all the mainstream…

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