Yeah, I got sick of the boring old theme. So now we have a boring new theme. That’s called progress.
Stanford University physicist Shamit Kachru and three colleagues recently released a paper with the euphonious title Gauge/gravity duality and meta-stable dynamical supersymmetry breaking which contained this sentence:
While in both cases for P anti-D3-branes the probe approximation is clearly not good, in the set up of this paper we could argue that there is a competing effect which can overcome the desire of the anti-D3s to embiggen, namely their attraction towards the wrapped D5s.
Can you spot the Simpsons reference?
The Scientific American blog provides details.
Why I get invited to see the new technology is beyond me. Do Starfleet want my approval or something? I doubt it, as they never listen to me anyway.
(I love the Internet….)
David Bowie, oddly, is not amongst them.
Orbiting Frog’s list, unlike the recent Space.com list, consists of “real” objects instead of the largely computer-simulated ones that Space.com featured.
I find the picture of the “blob” in the Orion Nebula oddly creepy, but I honestly can’t put my finger on why.
The PaleoFuture blog has a number of posts about depictions of 21st-Century life as envisioned at the very beginning of the 20th Century, such as this very cool collection of prints from 1910 which predict everyday life in the year 2000. I love the “Correspondence Cinema” one; you can almost hear the lady saying, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
The Birthday Stars generator finds stars whose distance matches your age in light-years from Earth. So if you’re 35 years, 6 months old, the generator will give you the name and location of a star that is 35.5 light years away. Your stars will (obviously) change over time, as you get older and light from more distant stars reaches us.
I’m currently 49 Capricorni. Who are you?
Today is One Web Day, which is meant “to encourage people to think of themselves as responsible for the internet, and to take good and visible actions on Sept. 22 that (1) celebrate the positive impact of the internet on the world and (2) shed light on the problems of access and information flow.” So it’s kind of like tree-hugging for geeks.
It’s high time the O*W*C beefed up the ol’ blogroll. Got recommendations for SF-related blogs we should be showcasing? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Also, there is a metric ton of SF authors’ blogs out there. Should we try to blogroll some percentage of those, or should we concentrate on SF news-type sites like SF Signal?
Did you know that Chip blogs elsewhere? Check her out at The Art of Darkness. If, y’know, you don’t have anything better to do.