Just a Monday pick-me-up from Team Slader. (I think we all wish that math involved more pecks and fewer unit conversions.)
The Republican nomination: In the hunt
Looks like the return on investment at CERN is going to be pretty good. Alexis Madrigal breaks down what they found and what it means.
"Others saw only an inappropriately unclothed George Washington." (Taken with Instagram at Smithsonian National Museum of American History)
Einstein was right, it turns out. Spacetime is curved. The results of the long-running Gravity Probe B experiment have been released today, and Einstein’s theory of gravity falls in line precisely with its measurements.
Measuring this effect was likened to measuring the “thickness of a sheet of paper held edge-on 100 miles away.” It required gyroscopes made of the most perfect spheres mankind has ever constructed, only differing by 40 atomic layers on their surface. Combine that with a satellite that was designed to avoid drag with Earth’s outer atmosphere and five years of data analysis … and there you have it. The implications for astrophysics are huge … and very complicated, as reading this article has shown me :)
Consider the Lobster
Had to be done (Taken with Instagram at The James Joyce Centre)
Best lines from this trip so far:
"You know, some people want to look at the great art, and others just want to go to the fry museum." - Bruges information center
"We taught you how to drive AND how to talk, and you still can’t do either correctly!" - English cab driver
And, always: “Can you stand up so we can see how tall you are?”
Afternoon tea - thanks, Orla (Taken with Instagram at The Wolseley)