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How most of the universe was lost

When Brian Schmidt got his PhD in astrophysics in 1993, he was one of less than a handful of people that year that graduated with a thesis on supernovae.

July 30, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

Twinkle twinkle globular star cluster

The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 took this picture of a cluster of ancient stars in the Milky Way, known as Messier 107. It is a globular cluster that is eighty light years across and about 20,000 light years from the solar system.Globular clusters contain hundreds of thousands of stars held together in a sphere by gravity...

July 24, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

Night in space

Cancel your plans for the next three minutes and forty nine seconds and watch this video instead. I never normally post time lapse videos on their own, but this video of views from the International Space Station at night, made by Knate Myers, has just become my new favourite...

July 20, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

Heather Gray: chaotic starts and Higgs excitement #lnlm12

Heather Gray, a researcher working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, was at this year's Lindau meeting. I spoke to her over email before it started to find out about her expectations, and afterwards she told me about her impressions of the meeting and what it was like to watch the announcement from CERN with other young researchers...

July 11, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

Sir Harold Kroto: Science is "lost in translation" #lnlm12

If you don’t know English, you can still understand Shakespeare’s stories, Sir Harold Kroto told me after his lecture at Lindau on Thursday. But, crucially, “you cannot understand his use of language, because language is a cultural thing – and the culture is lost in translation.” ‘Lost in translation’ was the title of Kroto’s lecture that morning, the final plenary session of the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting...

July 10, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

Who are you? Basic Space anniversary edition

It's the Scientific American blog network's first birthday today! Taking a leaf out of Ed Yong's book, or rather blog, to celebrate our birthday, we've decided to give the floor over to you, dear readers...

July 5, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

Tricking nature to give up its secrets #lnlm12

By their very nature, those discoveries that most change the way we think about nature cannot be anticipated This was Douglas Osheroff’s claim at the start of his lecture on Wednesday morning, where he promised to tell the young researchers at Lindau “how advances in science are made”.In his talk Osheroff offered five things that scientists should keep in mind if they want make a discovery...

July 5, 2012 — Kelly Oakes

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