* Posts by Alex

10 posts • joined 3 Aug 2007

BBC's Today Programme shutters message board

Alex
Boffin

dear, dear.

The rot has been there for awhile.

@ John Richards: The old Science&Nature community moved to Science File (www.sciencefile.org) back in 2005 when they did changed the format and messed up the moderation of the S&N boards. And the new format is horrendous.

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IM represents 'new linguistic renaissance'

Alex

How about pwnd?

Vocal use of 'owned' in the gaming context in regular conversation is punishable by three options:

1. A Counterstrike match with the Queens English enforced over mic.

2. 100 lines of "Victory and the past possession of an object are not the same thing"

3. Death

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Sun stock goes degenerate dwarf

Alex
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Astrophysics

And there I was hoping for a science article....

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DARPA wants microscopic atom clocks on chips

Alex
Boffin

Stern Gerlach

You've made one physicist laugh today :) miniaturised Stern-Gerlach apparatus indeed!

Mines the one with the Z-pinch in the pocket

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Colliding galaxies mark Hubble anniversary

Alex
Boffin

Spectacular

Good stuff. Lets just hope more space-based telescopes make it worthwhile.

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Alcohol where the sun doesn't shine, and nanotubes darker than that

Alex
Boffin

Oh my dear god

@Luther Blissett.

STFU and do a physics degree.

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UK driver details lost somewhere in America

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Oh my dear god

You are F**KING joking me! This is farce, and although I'd vote labour over tory any day, more than one head should roll for a whole load a systematic failures. ]

And if I wasn't finished a physics degree and to committed to care about having no more research future in the UK due to another effing gov balls-up, then i'd be tempted to sign up, and try and install a culture of common sense.

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Mobiles can upset hospital equipment, after all

Alex

Re: John

We know that anyway. - try driving while chatting.

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Dino-killing asteroid traced back 160m years

Alex

Science

How can you people be so blindingly stupid?

Approximations and such are used in these models, which is why it says 160+/- 20 million years. That's a very large error (12.5%) but it's good nevertheless.

Luke Wells: try studying a bit of classical mechanics. You mgiht be surprised what can be predicted / traced back through planetary motion.

Chris Morrison: Before you disbelieve, try doing it yourself / looking at the paper and also realise that there is a reason for the error stated.

Whether science actually takes anything for fact or whether all we know is a succession of better and better approximations is a bunch of philosophy i'm not going to go into.

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Brian May going for astronomy PhD

Alex

Still relevant....

He did a three year undergrad physics at Imperial (BSc), and started his PhD before running away to play music.

His topic is still relevant, and I believe no one has done any new work in his specific area of zoadical dust clouds since he quit. I expect the theories he is working on have been refined, but since he can continue his PhD, they have not undergone any radical shift. I wouldn't know about wordprocessor disks, but I'm sure something could be found.

(Imperial undergrad physicist)

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