This is sparta!
This is sparta!
I assume it's a reference to geoneutrinos, produced by nuclear decays/reactions in the Earth's core:
Fair enough. It's quite an old reference though, and as I say, not one that people in the field seem to use much. Might check it out.
I'm a particle physics grad student, and I swear I have never heard anyone refer to them as ghost particles. This seems to be BBC science writers only...
I saw the first ten minutes of 2012 in the wrong aspect ratio. They fixed it, but refused to show the beginning again, nor to refund us. (Cineworld cinemas were the culprits). It was annoying because we missed some subtitled dialogue, but the storyline was simple enough for us all.
Agreed. I just saw it, and the storyline was appalling, but the visuals nearly made it worthwhile. Nearly.
For a wonderful introduction to peer review, you could do worse than read this:
It is an exchange, carried out over several years, between a man who believes he has solved quantum field theory, and the reviewers who carefully look through his papers when he tries to publish. They come up with good points and ways to improve the paper, but he resubmits and resubmits until he finds somewhere that accepts it. Along the way, he gets increasingly rude and angry, while the reviewers remain polite and engage carefully with him.
My favourite part is that it's published on the guy's personal website, although he really doesn't come out of it well.
"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup." - H.L. Mencken