Random Science-y and Cambridge-y Links

20Aug06

I have nothing coherent to share, but I do have a few random science-related and Cambridge-related links.

  • Ah, tha’ed be brrrill-yunt. A repository of accents (not necessarily the best representations) are available at The Speech Accent Archive. I can’t wait to visit Glasgow.
  • Darwin, the new King George. A Michigan State University study has shown that fewer Americans accept evolution than any other nation in the first world. Here’s the report from New Scientist, which includes this chart:
  • The National Science Foundation promotes… Science. A degree in science or engineering is good for you, even if you’re not employed in a scientific field. At least that’s what the NSF is has recently reported in their InfoBrief: “What do people do after earning an S&E Bachelor’s Degree?
  • International Cosmology Smackdown: Hawking and Turok vs. Guth and Linde. An article in The Australian describes American resistance to a Cambridge-borne theory of multiple big bangs. In one corner of the debate are Neil Turok and Stephen Hawking of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of Cambridge (Professor Turok will be teaching the Part III Cosmology course next term). In the other corner are the twin pillars of inflationary cosmology, Alan Guth (MIT) and Andrei Linde (Stanford).
  • Supermodel going to Cambridge. In other UK news, supermodel Lily Cole excelled on her A-level exams, earning her a spot at Cambridge. Starting in 2007, Lily will be studying social and politcal sciences at King’s College… so, sorry Adam, I guess your paths won’t cross all that much. Anyway, since Lily won’t be studying physics, I feel like I have to mention a couple of older links: First, the always popular Britney Spears guide to Semiconductor Physics. Secondly, Clifford Johnson’s (formerly of Durham) Cosmic Variance post about Lisa Randall.
  • High Energy Physics at the dawn of the LHC Era. Notes from the opening talk of the 10th Pisa meeting on advanced detectors earlier this year have been posted on the ArXiV (hep-ph/0607198). The talk is a nice, accessible review of the state of high energy physics and why we expect ‘new physics’ at the LHC.
  • “Why They Hate Us.” Julia Sweig wrote a nice (if brief) editorial last week in the L.A. Times on the causes of anti-Americanism in the world. Whether or not the editorial rings true to one’s ears depends on one’s political views, but the idea that the US as a part of a larger international community that affects domestic life is important. A month ago I had coffee with a high school friend of mine who was in Europe during the 2004 U.S. presidential election, his stories of European sentiment about Americans were particularly poignant as I’ll soon be leaving on a jet plane of my own.


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