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I love XKCD and I even more love "What if"!
great to finally see the guy who is creating these.
 
Wenn ihr wissen wollt wer hinter XKCD steckt: http://www.ted.com/talks/randall_munroe_comics_that_ask_what_if
Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.
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How the solar power output (PV Power) in Germany was affected by today's partial eclipse. (see the small inset on Daily Variation of PV power)

Wie die Solarstromerzeugung in Deutschland durch die heutige parzielle Sonnenfinsternis beeinflusst wurde. (siehe das kleine inset Daily Variation of PV Power)

Taken from http://www.sma.de/unternehmen/pv-leistung-in-deutschland.html
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That's the last time I'm going to visit Heisenberg's Facebook page.

http://xkcd.com/1473/
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#JeSuisCharlie

Billboard in Paris today...

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France prefers to pay twice for its researchers' work

Instead of giving everyone access to the work of its scientists - work it has financed - France prefers to pay 172 million euros to a Dutch publisher.

That's a headline in the newspaper Rue89.  In their latest round of negotiaitons, after threatening to quit taking Elsevier journals, the French Ministry of Research caved in and agreed on a secret contract with this publisher.  But now Rue89 has published a copy of this contract!   Here it is in French:

http://rue89.nouvelobs.com/sites/news/files/assets/document/2014/11/marche_elsevier.pdf

Here it is in English:

http://tinyurl.com/qjps3mv

The whole article is below, or here in English:

http://tinyurl.com/qfxtwz2

These English translations are pretty crude, made by Google Translate.  The French mathematician Marie Farge, director of the science institute CNRS, writes:

It would be nice to have an English translation of both the paper and the contract. Could you please forward this news since the paper and the contract might not be accessible for long time?

This will certainly bring more transparency into the system and hopefully more consciousness among our colleagues. I am looking for lively discussions, thanks to this courageous paper. All the best!

Compare the situation in the Netherlands:

Negotiations between the Dutch universities and publishing company Elsevier on subscription fees and Open Access have ground to a halt. In line with the policy pursued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the universities want academic publications to be freely accessible. To that end, agreements will have to be made with the publishers. The proposal presented by Elsevier last week totally fails to address this inevitable change. The universities hope that Elsevier will submit an amended proposal. ‘From now on we will inform our researchers about the consequences of this deadlock’, says Gerard Meijer, president of Radboud University Nijmegen and chief negotiator on behalf of the VSNU.

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http://vsnu.nl/news/newsitem/11-negotiations-between-elsevier-and-universities-failed.html
Au lieu de donner à tous l'accès aux travaux de ses scientifiques -- qu'elle a financés --, la France choisit de verser 172 millions d’euros à un éditeur néerlandais. Rue89 dévoile le texte de cet incroyable marché.
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Basel Marathon, Halb-Marathon, 10 km
28/9/2014


Halb-Marathon...
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And that's not counting the global warming!
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Typisches Bild bei Banken in der Schweiz heute. Die Euro Banknoten sind ausgegangen, kein Geldwechsel in bar mehr möglich, trotzdem lange Schlangen vor den Kassen. Auch die Geldautomaten mit Euro sind leer.


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lol...this would make a pretty good headline: "Swiss Bank boosts Eurozone economy where the ECB cant"
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A 'Unity' march and rally, protected by an unparalleled level of security, will honour the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed in Paris that left France on alert for more violence. Among the expected hundreds of thousands of attendees are leaders from around the world, including the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president.
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Philae has successfully landed on the comet!

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Ambition

The European Space Agency has released a short film titled “Ambition.” A mix of science fiction and science, it is visually stunning and captures much of the awe and wonder of space exploration. It’s also part of a growing intersection of science and visual storytelling. 

In a few weeks, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar hits theaters, and will feature rendered black hole images that account for gravitational lensing. The computer-generated black hole was developed with the assistance of Kip Thorne, and is based on the actual physics of general relativity.   Similar renderings have been done before, but never at a cinematic scale.

In recent years “reality” science has made a comeback not seen since Kubrick’s 2001. With sophisticated computer technology and modern production methods, what once was impossible to put to film can now be made real. Movies such as Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity has a visual feel that even astronauts lauded, though its science was hardly accurate.

To be honest, this rise of science movies leads me to mixed emotions. On the one hand, the storytelling and visuals captures the ambition many scientists have to explore the universe. Movies can capture the emotions behind our research in a way that most scientists can’t. On the other hand, Hollywood science tends to feed misconceptions, and risks spreading the CSI effect. If a manned mission to Mars can be made with the hum of a computer rendering farm, what’s the big deal about landing on a comet. Our real triumphs pale in comparison to cinematic dreams.

Then again, these dreams might actually inspire us to continue exploring. From cinematic dreams we may find the ambition to make them real.
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Nucleosynthesis and Chemical Evolution: Recent Progress and Future Directions, Week 3
INT Program INT-14-2b, July 28 - August 29, 2014

Week 3: Elements between Strontium and Silver: These elements can be produced by the s-process (slow neutron capture) during stellar evolution and by the α- and νp- processes in neutrino-driven winds from CCSNe. Are there other mechanisms? What are the main nuclear physics uncertainties affecting the production of these elements? How do various sources contribute to these elements over the history of galaxies?

Nucleosynthesis and chemical evolution is a highly interdisciplinary problem that requires understanding the structure and reactions of exotic nuclei, the properties of matter and neutrino interactions under extreme conditions, advanced simulations of astrophysical environments, and comparison against forefront astronomical observations. Only a coordinated effort among nuclear theorists and experimentalists, astrophysical modelers, and astronomers will allow us to build a bridge between the properties of the fundamental constituents of matter and the production of nuclei in exotic astrophysical environments as reflected by their observed abundances. The goal of this five-week program is to bring together experts in these communities to identify key new developments and foster collaborations towards a deeper understanding of the origin and evolution of elements in the universe.
Organizers: W. Aoki National Astronomical Observatory of Japan aoki.wako@nao.ac.jp. A. Arcones TU Darmstadt almudena.arcones@physik.tu-darmstadt.de. J. Dalcanton University of Washington jd@astro.washington.edu. F. Montes NSCL montes@nscl.msu.edu. Y.-Z. Qian University of Minnesota ...
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