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Posts in the past four weeks

Monday
Jun 16 2014
03:58 UTC

how LEGO can improve life

... to hold these cables!life just changed... reason is reason number 17 for buying the new female scientist LEGO series!!

Posted by astropixie

Wednesday
Jun 11 2014
03:27 UTC

how many Earth analogs are there in the Kepler field?

Foreman-Mackey may have actually finished his paper on exoplanet abundances today! I hope this is true and we submit tomorrow. I did work on the text for him, but only in the form of giving final comments. One of our main points is that the "rate" or "frequency" or "abundance" of Earth analogs should be expressed as an expected number per star per natural logarithm of period, per natural logarithm of radius. However, in the end, he also computed the number of planets that we expect to have i

Posted by Hogg's Research

Wednesday
Jun 11 2014
01:08 UTC

the 2014 world cup is about to begin!!!

... love the world cup. i'm so freaking excited about it starting in a few days! i even joined a soccer team a few months ago and have been enjoying full field, 11 player games. it has been so long since i played on full-size grass fields that i didnt realize how much i loved it. definitely not a handball :)there are two things i do not like about this world cup:(1) the start times of matches when viewed in australia are 2 am, 5am, and 8am. so much for sleep. (2) FIFA,

Posted by astropixie

Friday
Jun 06 2014
19:00 UTC

The Listener

He never meant to throw her from the balcony. In a panic he looked round. There was no one else in the dimly lit theatre other than himself and the girl who had confronted him. Duncan Smith was used to meeting young women after shows. Women were the bulk of the audience for his Crossing…

Posted by AlunSalt: Ancient Science and the Science of Ancient Things

Friday
Jun 06 2014
07:20 UTC

the greatest engineer

an insightful comic from abstruse goose ;)

Posted by astropixie

Saturday
May 31 2014
01:12 UTC

dave chappelle and maya angelou

this video shows a a clip of a fascinating conversation between (ohioan!) dave chappelle and maya angelou (RIP) in 2006.

Posted by astropixie

Thursday
May 29 2014
03:59 UTC

time-domain astrophysics; changing variables

... spent an hour or so talking about summer projects with Mykytyn, who will be paid to work on the Galex Photon Catalog and related matters in time-domain astrophysics. I also pitched some possible side projects involving machine learning, old-school statistics, and astrophysics. I spent a short time talking with Foreman-Mackey about the difference between a probability density in R and the same density but in lnR. Trivial, of course, but visually (and sometimes pretty conceptually) very diffe

Posted by Hogg's Research

Monday
May 26 2014
08:21 UTC

a birthday month of yoga

one of my closest friends lives in ohio, USA. it is not ideal for a close friendship, but we make it work. last year we started a tradition to each do yoga for at least 20 minutes a day for all the days between our birthdays (hers on april 28th, mine today, may 26th). a month of yoga days. laurasykora on instagramit is possibly my favourite new tradition. Acro Yoga (credit: yoga beyond) we mark our progress for each day online, and feel more connected, even thoug

Posted by astropixie

Friday
May 23 2014
03:59 UTC

Earth analogs

... spent some of the morning pair-writing (the equivalent of pair-coding) the discussion of Foreman-Mackey's paper on the radius and period distribution of small planets. We have re-analyzed with fewer assumptions than previous studies and got different answers about the rate of Earth analogs, which is a (relatively) unusual example of better statistical methods leading to changed results. Most of the differences between what we find and what has come previously can be attributed to the str

Posted by Hogg's Research

Wednesday
May 21 2014
03:59 UTC

DIBs, and Gamma-Earth

... spent the day at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, talking to Bovy (IAS), Menard (JHU), Zasowski (JHU), and Lan (JHU) about the possible use of diffuse interstellar bands observed in stellar spectra from SDSS-III APOGEE to measure the kinematics of the Milky Way disk. We came up with some first steps. The coolest thing we realized is that Bovy's MW disk models (built from stellar velocities) make zero-free-parameter predictions for the line-of-sight DIB velocities, under som

Posted by Hogg's Research

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