Monthly Archives: September 2012

More of my favorite television show

‘The Woodwright’s Shop Renewed for Two More Seasons

So woodworkers can look forward to two more years of the never-aging Roy as he continues to champion the power of muscle over that of the electrical machine. He’s got a point: Roy has the same axe that he used in the first season, 33 years ago. How many computers have you had in the last 33 years? And how well do you think they would endure a whack from Roy’s axe? I thought so.

So You Want to Discover the Higgs Boson?

A talk at Chicon 7. Friday, August 31, 2012. This was one of the best science talks I have heard in my life.

So You Want to Discover the Higgs Boson?

The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva recently announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson, the particle long theorized to give mass to matter. But how do physicists detect particles… and how do we know this one is the Higgs? Hear a Ph.D. physicist teach the basics of particle detector technology (no physics background required!) and answer your questions about the massive machines used to study the smallest stuff in nature.

Corry L. Lee

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Curiosity: The Mars Science Laboratory

Notes from a panel at Chicon 7. Saturday, September 1, 2012, with weblinks and occasional
amplifications added.

Curiosity: The Mars Science Laboratory

The Mars Science Laboratory has the ambitious mission to study the climate, geology, and potential for life of Mars. Weeks after landing, what have we learned? What do we expect to find out in the coming months?

Bill Higgins [beamjockey], Brother Guy Consolmagno [brotherguy]

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Dyson Sphere Update

Notes from a panel at Chicon 7. 12 noon, Friday, August 31, 2012. Weblinks and various comments and expansions added.

Dyson Sphere Update

What is a Dyson sphere? When can we make one, or at least part of one, and how? As a society, would we want to? What could one do with a Dyson sphere? Can we detect one now, or in the near future? What would be the environmental ethics of a Dyson sphere maker?

Jordin Kare, Allen M. Steele, James L. Cambias, David L Clements, G. David Nordley

Thinking really big…