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24 July 2010

HP dv6t Select Edition Notebook Review: First Impressions

Please excuse me while I geek out about my new laptop… My work now involves some really significant number crunching, to the point that I was regularly using all the CPU and RAM of my previous laptop, and was then struggling to get anything else done while the calculations were running. And then they would crash. It also helps that I will soon need to renew the license on one …

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7 June 2010

Full Triple-J Laser Interview

Hey, remember when I was randomly interviewed by the Australian radio station triple j a few weeks ago as part of their feature on the 50th anniversary of the laser? Well, in their final broadcast they only used a couple of minutes but the original interview was fifteen minutes long. So, I contacted them and asked if I could have the full audio file, and after some digging, they found …

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12 May 2010

Talking lasers on aussie radio

Through a crazy random happenstance, I was just interviewed by a friend of a friend of a friend at Australian radio station ‘triple j‘ for a feature on lasers! We talked all about shooting stuff with lasers, why one might want to do that (other than because it’s awesome) and how the real lab is not quite what people picture. The show is called Hack with Kate O’Toole, and it …

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17 April 2010

Off to MarsSed 2010

I’m headed off to El Paso Texas tomorrow! Why? Because that’s where the Mars Sedimentology and Stratigraphy workshop is! I’ll be presenting my work on the Gale Crater landing site for MSL on tuesday and then the second part of the week will be a geology field trip to interesting and instructive locations. I’m really looking forward to it, since the best way to learn geology is to go out …

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8 February 2010

Frickin’ Laser Beams: Fact vs Fiction

Last month I spent a week out at Los Alamos National Laboratory vaporizing things with a high powered laser. Now, as I drown in data that I collected out there, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about lasers. When I tell people that I zap things with lasers, I can almost see the mental images flickering behind their eyes. They tend to look something like this: Man, I …

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2 November 2009

Voting is fixed!

There were some issues with the voting widget on the University Science Writing competition, but they have been resolved, and it turns out it was counting the votes all along! So go vote for my post if you haven’t done so yet today! Don’t worry if you don’t see a number in the grey voting widget box. They decided to hide the number of votes from everyone except the authors. …

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1 November 2009

Vote Early and Often!

Remember when I mentioned a few weeks ago that I submitted a blog post about MSL as an action-adventure hero  to ScientificBlogging’s  science writing competition? Well they have announced the finalists and I’m one of them! From now until November 22, all the finalist posts are open for voting. You can vote for as many entries as you want each day, every day! So that means that you can vote …

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15 October 2009

MSL: Mars Action Hero

MSL is like James Bond. Want to know why? Check out my new post over at ScientificBlogging. I’ve submitted it to their University Science Writing Competition, so head on over and check out my entry, and while you’re there take a look at the many other excellent entries. As I understand it, the folks at ScientificBlogging will select finalists, and then voting will open up. And if I am lucky …

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16 September 2009

Mars Science Laboratory Instruments: MastCam

A few weeks ago I gave a lunch talk at Cornell summarizing the MSL mission and particularly the instruments that it will carry and was shocked by the number of people who showed up! So, sensing that there is some significant “Curiosity” about the mission, I decided to do a series of posts here. If you are impatient and don’t want to wait for me to take my sweet time …

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15 September 2009

Los Alamos

Greetings from Los Alamos New Mexico! I’ll be out here until the 24th, first getting trained to use lasers safely, then collecting lots of data and starting to crunch the numbers. This is a placeholder post, but while I’m here I’m planning on doing a series of posts about the instruments on MSL, so stay tuned!

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