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Comment: Plenty of Fun (Score 2) 234 234

As a family man, finding a topic that can involve the kids may fit into your life better. If you like making, optical telescopes can be rewarding. There's the optics, telescope manufacturing and sky trackers (robotics). Nowadays digital photography goes with telescopes.

If you really want to contribute peripherally, there are lots of open data sets. Contributing code is especially useful.

Comment: A summer of other than lab work (Score 1) 228 228

Build something with your hands. Travel. Trek. Try something you've never done before. Do something out of doors.

I didn't, I wish I had.

P.S. Graduate as soon as possible. You don't get more points for doing more work as a graduate student. Your post-doc record is way more important if you are trying for the academic track.

Comment: Re:You know your space program has a long way to g (Score 1) 40 40

In span of time between missions, there is usually incredible progress in a few key parameters, detector noise, spacial resolution, and frequency range. While you can argue that a "refueled" IRAS could beat down the noise by observing for years and years, changing out detectors and telescopes is effectively launching a new mission. Also, as our knowledge of astrophysics grows, we design missions to answer the unanswered questions. 10 years of IRAS is not necessarily as interesting as a couple of years of a significantly more advanced mission.

Comment: Good Article (Score 1) 315 315

This is a great article describing how difficult it is to control systematic errors with clocks in this kind of Time Of Flight experiment. An undergraduate level of understanding of relativity is all that's required and it makes you think. Also contains some snarkiness.

Comment: Trust vs. Faith (Score 1) 1486 1486

Trust and faith or belief are not the same thing. I can trust people but still verify or need to verify the veracity of their assertions. Scientists rely on the network of trust among themselves but if something doesn't work they will call each other out on it. With faith, there is no need to verify. In fact, with faith I don't need trust because I'm not relying on the words of a man but my belief in the divine. This is different from following a demagogue, which is not faith but obedience.


+ - Does Facebook Violate RFC2142?-> 2 2

nuckfuts writes: "An e-mail sent to resulted in an automated response saying:

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All the provided links require logging in to Facebook. Since I don't have a Facebook account, it appears I cannot report abuse. Is this not a violation of RFC2142 ?"

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anymouse writes: "What should you do when you really, REALLY have to "go"? Make important life decisions, maybe. Controlling your bladder makes you better at controlling yourself when making decisions about your future, too, according to a study to be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science."
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