TAM London 2010 – Favorite quotes

Having just arrived back from TAM London 2010, here now is a collection of some snippets to help bring it all back … so with tongue placed firmly in cheek and in no particular order … enjoy. Martin Robbins “I write for The Guardian, pretty much the only British newspaper not owned by a Bond … Read moreTAM London 2010 – Favorite quotes

TAM London starts …. Now.

Yes the big day is finally here … its the official start of TAM London today. If you have no idea what the heck I’m on about, then check out the official web site here … as for the speaker lineup … its very very impressive and includes … Graham Linehan – television writer, actor … Read moreTAM London starts …. Now.

Giant Crystal Caves – Stunning Image

OK, lets first put this in context. A quick casual glance might simply solicit a “Nice, but I’ve seen rock crystals like that before” response. Well think again, because you have seen nothing like this … ever. Look carefully, those tiny little orange blobs are people … Ah yes, now you get it … the … Read moreGiant Crystal Caves – Stunning Image

How to fix a particle accelerator.

Around the house you only need two items for carrying out necessary repairs. These are, a can of WD-40, and a roll of duct tape. Confused? OK, its like this …

  • If it moves, and it shouldn’t, you deploy the duct tape
  • It it doesn’t move, and it should, you deploy the WD-40

So that’s all you really need :-)

Ah, but does this model scale up? What if you are not at home, but instead are at work at say … Fermilab, and just happen to encounter an issue with the Tevatron particle accelerator, what then? Remember now, this is a complex multi-billion dollar machine that is about four miles in circumference and involves about a thousand superconducting magnets, which accelerate protons and antiprotons to super-sized energies. Also, these are not common magnets, they are cooled with liquid helium so that they consume only one-third of the power they would normally require. If you hit an issue, do you shut down for a week, and call in a team of specialists at considerable cost to pull it apart for repair, or do you instead get out your roll of duct tape and patch it up so that you can carry on with no outage?

And the answer is …

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2010 Nobel Prize Announcements … so far

[Note: Updated on 6th Oct] The Nobel prize 2010 announcements are now trickling out , so far we have … Medicine: 4th Oct – The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2010 was awarded to Robert G. Edwards “for the development of in vitro fertilization”. … details here Robert Edwards is awarded the 2010 Nobel … Read more2010 Nobel Prize Announcements … so far