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  • mcmonkeyplc 6 Jun 2012 14:33:27 39,447 posts
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    If that happens in the timeline they've set out I'll be amazed.

    More than amazed.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • monkehhh 6 Jun 2012 18:01:15 3,298 posts
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  • X201 15 Jun 2012 12:35:45 15,278 posts
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    Keep on truckin'

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18458478
  • Chopsen 15 Jun 2012 12:41:02 15,885 posts
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    I actually though this had already happened
  • Bremenacht 18 Jun 2012 10:59:07 17,852 posts
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    Solar system may be alien in origin.

    Built by engineers?
  • mal 19 Jun 2012 04:26:10 22,473 posts
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    According to that first graphic, we're about to be attacked by three giant pac-mans. Quick, everyone hide the power pills!

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • mal 24 Jun 2012 00:31:22 22,473 posts
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    I'm somewhat disappointed that this one-shot gigapixel camera isn't one-shot in the sense that the thing will explode and catch fire and disintegrate after taking a single mahoosive shot, but in the sense that it doesn't scan by moving the camera, but has a camera at enough points to stitch together... and a stupid lens. If they can sort out getting a single exposure for all the CCDs and can fix that barrel distortion it'll be kick-ass.

    Edited by mal at 00:32:09 24-06-2012

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  • Plant 25 Jun 2012 22:43:32 252 posts
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    Probably deserves it's own thread, but a big announcement due on the 4th of July regarding the Higgs Boson. They've found it

    Edited by Plant at 22:58:34 25-06-2012
  • X201 25 Jun 2012 22:49:36 15,278 posts
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    Why wait until 4th of July? Unless it was the Yanks who found it.
  • Plant 25 Jun 2012 22:51:25 252 posts
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    Dunno, big conference then though. I guess they've got to make sure the paper's up to spec.

    Edited by Plant at 22:52:01 25-06-2012
  • X201 25 Jun 2012 22:56:23 15,278 posts
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    Or so that Spindizzy has got time to hoover the press conference room ;-)
  • spindizzy 25 Jun 2012 23:15:47 6,439 posts
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    It's delayed because we're still analysing data (which takes many many days even for a first pass). Lots of people aren't sleeping much these days ... Honestly no one, despite what it says on some blogs, knows exactly what will be announced... We all have to wait and see.
  • Plant 26 Jun 2012 20:02:08 252 posts
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    Fair enough. I hadn't realised that it had hit the blogs yet to be honest. I as told in person by someone who would likely be informed before a public announcement. That being said, you clearly know more more about it than I do, so perhaps he was being overly optimistic and/or had been mis briefed. I guess we'll just have to wait and see
  • spindizzy 26 Jun 2012 20:13:16 6,439 posts
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    The blogs categorically didn't know what they were talking about with regards to my experiment at least. I can't answer for the others, of course, so perhaps your contact is right. But I doubt it - it takes a lot of time to process this data and carefully analyse it. People can guess, and can speculate, but until the final checks are done, that's all they're doing.

    Still - it's an exciting time to be a physicist! :-)
  • ResidentKnievel 26 Jun 2012 20:20:34 6,183 posts
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    It'll be a White Hole

    Edited by ResidentKnievel at 20:20:49 26-06-2012

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  • Plant 26 Jun 2012 22:43:48 252 posts
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    :D
    spindizzy wrote:

    Still - it's an exciting time to be a physicist! :-)
    Quite right. Hasn't it always been? :D

    I wasn't given any info into which group had found it, nor am I au fait enough with cutting edge particle physics to make even an educated guess. I'd rather not push him for more information because it was heavily implied he shouldn't of told me at all.
    I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
  • FogHeart 27 Jun 2012 12:04:48 944 posts
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    While it is indeed an exciting time to be a physicist, just compare what it took to discover the nucleus 100 years ago, a few blokes, a darkened room and a bit of apparatus. Now to make a leap foraward in nuclear physics you need a cast of thousands, an area the size of a city, a few billion dollars worth of equipment and a supercomputer to crunch the data. The higher we climb, the steeper the hill gets.
  • Bremenacht 27 Jun 2012 17:55:01 17,852 posts
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    FogHeart wrote:
    While it is indeed an exciting time to be a physicist, just compare what it took to discover the nucleus 100 years ago, a few blokes, a darkened room and a bit of apparatus. Now to make a leap foraward in nuclear physics you need a cast of thousands, an area the size of a city, a few billion dollars worth of equipment and a supercomputer to crunch the data. The higher we climb, the steeper the hill gets.
    I'm not sure that's true. I'd guess that there have been more discoveries in the past 20 years than in the 80 before that. Perhaps not as many 'headline' discoveries, but substantial ones nonetheless. Computing has accelerated science and scientific discovery, I think.

    The way science is reported has probably gone backwards, if anything.
  • spindizzy 28 Jun 2012 07:50:32 6,439 posts
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    I think you're both kind of right - building the LHC and experiments took 20 odd years. It's getting harder and harder to do fundamental science. However, we now have huge international collaborations to share the burden...
  • Bremenacht 29 Jun 2012 00:27:10 17,852 posts
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    I'm still half-expecting that the big announcement, when it comes, will be 'there is no Higgs Boson. So, we'll start looking again'.
  • mal 29 Jun 2012 01:33:54 22,473 posts
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    Well it took going to space for NASA to invent teflon, so maybe the LHC announcement will be 'No Higgs Boson. But we did make this cool frying pan'.

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  • Bremenacht 29 Jun 2012 14:33:45 17,852 posts
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    This really belongs in the Nicholas Cage is Awesome thread, given his awesome discovery in 'Knowing'.

    Solar flare strips atmosphere from orbiting planet. 1000 tonnes a second!
  • Bremenacht 29 Jun 2012 14:35:23 17,852 posts
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    Hidden magnetic portals orbiting earth!

  • Razz 2 Jul 2012 16:03:33 61,095 posts
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    Thinnest display in the world (made from soap bubble!)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18671061

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    Steam/PSN/XBOX: Razztafarai | 3DS: 1246-9674-8856
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  • oceanmotion 6 Jul 2012 14:00:05 15,846 posts
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  • ecureuil 8 Jul 2012 14:53:00 76,736 posts
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    Panorama from Mars, taken by Opportunity.
  • shadowaspect 9 Jul 2012 17:16:07 157 posts
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    I like that it took the time to rip some doughnuts in the dirt first :)
  • FogHeart 9 Jul 2012 17:18:09 944 posts
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    Who's been using Opportunity to spin doughnut tyre marks into the martian landscape?
  • sirtacos 15 Jul 2012 20:05:37 7,276 posts
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    can you call a 9-year-old a psychopath?
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