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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Pausing Time Makes You Late

Although this episode was recorded Monday, it was not released until today, Friday. I think this is the latest in the week I’ve ever released an episode. My apologies to Ivan and all of our listeners. It has been a busy week, with family visits and other things taking up lots of time and energy. In any case, as late as it is, here comes the podcast!

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Bag Lady Papers
  • Palm Pre
  • MacWorld and CES
  • Burris and Blago
  • Al Franken
  • Joe Biden
  • Closing Newspapers

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Inside a Hologram

Very Cool Article

Our world may be a giant hologram
(Marcus Chown, New Scientist, 15 Jan 2009)

For the past seven years, this German set-up has been looking for gravitational waves – ripples in space-time thrown off by super-dense astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes. GEO600 has not detected any gravitational waves so far, but it might inadvertently have made the most important discovery in physics for half a century.

For many months, the GEO600 team-members had been scratching their heads over inexplicable noise that is plaguing their giant detector. Then, out of the blue, a researcher approached them with an explanation. In fact, he had even predicted the noise before he knew they were detecting it. According to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois, GEO600 has stumbled upon the fundamental limit of space-time – the point where space-time stops behaving like the smooth continuum Einstein described and instead dissolves into “grains”, just as a newspaper photograph dissolves into dots as you zoom in. “It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time,” says Hogan.

If this doesn’t blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab’s Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: “If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram.”

(via Gizmodo)

And yes, the podcast will be here within the hour. It is uploading now.

All About the Deformed Ewok

(via Boing Boing)

The Tennessee Flip

This is just awesome.

(via Balloon Juice)

I wish things like this happened more on a national level.

(Yeah, I know, I’m a few days behind. And yes, the podcast will be out in a few hours.)