Archive | October 2006

Tom dances… PPS event videos

PPS, the physics society here at Birmingham Uni does have a reputation of being just the social society, with lots of beer… well I think the current pres Tom shows why here, lol:

and if you are interested, there are others on the [] website.

U2 and Green Day “The Saints Are Coming”

Very interesting music video to this song…

STEREO is launched…

NASA’s twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories mission, known as STEREO, successfully launched Wednesday at 8:52 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This is rather good news for the research group I am a member of since the group designed and built some of the Heliospheric Imager instruments. See [] for more.

Boy Scouts Learn about copyright…

ummm, now this really does have to be some form of propaganda…. [MPAA Propagana]

The Hubble SWEEPS Field

Lots and lots of planets… all in one field, damn those people using Hubble 🙂 …

There be a planet around Eps Eri

For a while the status of the planet orbiting Eps Eri has been questioned. The radial velocity curve was far from impressive but there was definetly something interesting there. Now, after observations with the Hubble Space Telescope it looks that finally the system will be confirmed to have a planet in it! This is good for me as my research concerns this planet (more at some point in the future, I am sure!). So the closest known extrasolar planet does appear to exist, yay! For more take a look at: []

Rock, Paper, Scissors EXTREME!

Ever got bored of just the rock, paper and scissors (I can’t say I really have), but if you have and want something completely over the top and confusing then maybe you should try RPS 15: []

Album Covers Battle

Quite an interesting little video… thanks to Clive for sharing the link:

CMB takes Nobel Prize in Physics

Two US scientists, John C Mather and George F Smoot, have won the 2006 Nobel Physics Prize. This is for their work on the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation . Well done to them as this is a very interesting and important discovery that has fuelled discussions on the nature of the Universe. For more see: []

Decipher academic phrases

Take a look at this rather funny cartoon [] and then you will understand exactly what scientists mean…