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Showing posts from December, 2010

I love to count...

One... two... ah ah ah, three! There are three nights of extremely questionable weather for astronomy before I get to go home  on Christmas morning. I love to count nights of extremely questionable weather for astronomy.

Chocolate and Cheese?

  Japan: For all those times you think "gosh, I wish my KitKat bar tasted more like cheese ." Actually, KitKat comes in a lot of flavors in Japan, apparently because its name reminds the Japanese of "Kitto Katsu" - "You will surely win." Cheese isn't even the worst one I've seen mentioned. The most unthinkable one I saw listed on Wikipedia was cucumber . :)

New research proves astrology, except that it doesn't.

 Browsing the headlines this morning, I came across this gem from the web site "NaturalNews." Principle of astrology proven to be scientific: planetary position imprints biological clocks of mammals Pretty shocking, huh?  After a few digs at the so-called "scientific" community for calling astrology "quackery," the author got down to the meat of the matter: Skeptics must be further bewildered by the new research published in Nature Neuroscience and conducted at Vanderbilt University which unintentionally provides scientific support for the fundamental principle of astrology -- namely, that the position of the planets at your time of birth influences your personality. In this study, not only did the birth month impact personality; it also resulted in measurable functional changes in the brain. This study, conducted on mice, showed that mice born in the winter showed a "consistent slowing" of their daytime activity. They were also more

Public Speaking

My colleague Alanna and I gave a public talk on November 20th at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center about our "night life" as telescope operators on Mauna Kea.  It was well-attended and a lot of fun - most talks people get to hear are by astronomers talking about science, so we were eager to show how we see things differently as technical and operational staff. Alanna made me do all the talking while she acted things out (think Penn & Teller), but at least she helped with the question-and-answer session at the end.