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160/366: Nice Crowd

I did bring my good camera with me to Newport News, and took it on the tour of Jefferson Lab yesterday, but despite the existence of DSLR pics, you’re getting a cell-phone snap for the photo of the day: That’s the audience about 10-15 minutes before my talk last night, so it was a good…

The Problem with B.o.B. – Science and the flat earth

Is the world flat? That question was posed by popular rap musician B.o.B. on his Twitter account this past week, prompting angry, but comical video and rap responses by popular science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson and his musician nephew. What do we really know? A few thousand years ago, Greek philosophers and Phoenician explorers began

‘Dark sunshine’ could illuminate the search for dark matter

If there’s dark matter hiding in our sun, it could be giving off dark photons. The best part is we already have a detector in space that could spot them

Neutrinos on a seesaw

A possible explanation for the lightness of neutrinos could help answer some big questions about the universe. Mass is a fundamental property of matter, but there’s still a lot about it we don’t understand—especially when it comes to...Show More Summary

Twitter Is a Cocktail Party That I’m Not Invited To

As I go through my daily routine, I find myself sort of out of phase with a lot of the Internet. My peak online hours are from about six to ten in the morning, Eastern US time. That’s when I get up, have breakfast, and then go to Starbucks to write for a few hours.…

159/366: Thanks, Manitoba

I’m in Newport News, VA, to give a talk tonight at Jefferson Lab, and they’re putting me up at the on-site Residence Facility. The rooms at this are apparently sponsored associated with institutions that use the facility, with big signs on all the doors. Here’s mine: So, I guess my stay is in some sense…

Staring at Stairs…

These stairs probably do not conform to any building code, but I like them anyway, and so they will appear in a paper I'll submit to the arxiv soon. They're part of a nifty algorithm I thought of on Friday that I like rather a lot. More later. -cvj Click to continue reading this post ? The post Staring at Stairs… appeared first on Asymptotia.

Blogs You Should Read

As you can easily verify by checking the post date on the articles in this column, this blog is nearly inactive. It used to be the main site of my blogging activities from 2006 to 2009. In april that year I transfered my activities to, where I have been blogging since then. You […]

Latest rumour of gravitational waves is probably true this time

Has the LIGO experiment seen gravitational waves? New Scientist has probed public observation logs, and here is our exclusive look at where they might be

Does Germany’s nuclear waste headache warrant a global fix?

Germany is not the only nation struggling with nuclear power's toxic legacy, so international collaboration could be the best route to a solution

158/366: Fort

Since our recent trip to Vermont, SteelyKid has been obsessed with building blanket forts. These have mostly been in the living room, leading to a bit of angst at the end of the day when we need the blankets back. So i did a little reorganizing in the basement, and dug some sheets out of…

Quantum Physics for Dogs at Jefferson Lab: TOMORROW

I’ve been remiss in my self-promotional duties, but I’m giving a public lecture tomorrow night in Newport News, VA, as part of the Jefferson Lab Science Series. This will be my traditional “What Every Dog Should Know About Quantum Physics” talk, with the sad addition of a slide honoring the late, great Queen of Niskayuna…

Stacks Project Party

Last night I got to attend a major event of the Manhattan social season, a party celebrating the fact that the Stacks Project has reached the milestone of 5000 pages. As far as anyone knows, no one has ever printed … Continue readin...

157/366: SteelyKid, Badass

We spent most of Saturday at a taekwondo tournament– the AAU Adirondack Championship, or some permutation of those words. This was held in the gym over at Hudson Valley Community College, and was fairly big: It was, however, 99% waiting around. They did black-belt sparring in the morning, and said that staging for the colored…

156/366: Needles on the Roof

Random artsy shot from our back yard. This is the little bit of roof right over our back door. It’s the only bit of roof left on the house that’s asphalt shingle– the main roof was always slate, and we got the bit of shingle above the garage replaced with fake slate not long after…

155/366: Boom!

A few days ago, The Pip came home with a “present” for me and Kate, wrapped up in construction paper. This turned out to be another sheet of paper, which is actually a launch control panel: The layout of the “buttons” is all him, but he got one of his teachers to do the labels.…

“Why does the universe exist?” … finally answered (or dissolved) in this blog post!

In my previous post, I linked to seven Closer to Truth videos of me spouting about free will, Gödel’s Theorem, black holes, etc. etc.  I also mentioned that there was a segment of me talking about why the universe exists that for some reason they didn’t put up.  Commenter mjgeddes wrote, “Would have liked to hear your […]

Physics Week in Review: February 6, 2016

The hidden physics behind the brain's folds and furrows, ground-penetrating radar for asparagus detection, and a conversation on the future of quantum computing at Caltech/IQIM's quantum summit were among this week's physics highlights. Me at Gizmodo: Why Assuming You’re Mediocre...

On Zero Matter

Over at Marvel, I chatted with actor Reggie Austin (Dr. Jason Wilkes on Agent Carter) some more about the physics I helped embed in the show this season. It was fun. (See an earlier chat here.) This was about Zero Matter itself (which will also be a precursor to things seen in the movie Dr. Show More Summary

Suited Up!

Yes, I was in battle again. A persistent skunk that wants to take up residence in the crawl space. I got rid of it last week, having found one place it broke in. This involved a lot of crawling around on my belly armed with a headlamp (not pictured - this is an old picture) and curses. Show More Summary

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