Here’s another one of these time-lapse videos associated with astronomical facilities. It’s amazing how far the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) has come, with all 36 antennas now on site, and a couple of them fitted with the phased-array feeds (PAFs). These PAFs function like a multi-pixel camera, enabling the ASKAP to view a… Read More ASKAP Time-Lapse
I try to communicate this to my graduate students. They are brilliant and eager, often dashing toward their ideas as though there were hot coals under their feet. This is good. What concerns me is when that rushing seems fueled less by passion than by anxiety. But we must teach our students to balance their… Read More Publish or Perish?
I’ve been thinking a bit more about E. O. Wilson’s advice to young scientists. No doubt it’s great to say that one should pursue one’s passion when choosing a field of research, but how realistically can one expect to do so? Perhaps, a tenured scientist or someone with the reputation of Wilson himself may have… Read More ‘Research Interests’
Here’s a recent TED talk by E. O. Wilson, who has some advice for young scientists. He begins by addressing young scientists in the audience with these words: “the world needs you badly.” I agree wholeheartedly, considering the state of scientific literacy in the world today, not just in developing and third world countries, but… Read More E. O. Wilson’s Advice to Young Scientists
It’s been almost 5 months since my last post! A lot has happened, of course, in the scientific world since then. First, there’s the exciting announcement of the discovery of a particle whose properties are consistent with that of the Higgs boson. Then there’s the landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. Of course, here in… Read More Another Milestone…
Scientists and engineers who want to construct some of the worlds best telescopes in remote locations all over the world often find themselves in awkward situations when confronted with the issue of native land titles. When these involve sacred sites, like the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii where some of the best optical telescopes in… Read More Australia and NZ’s bid for the SKA
Are we staring into a bleak future where self-aware machines nuke the planet, take over the world, and send assassin robots back in time to hunt down John Connor? Who would have predicted, that a citizen science project initiated by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) would eventually lead to the demise of humanity… Read More theSkyNet Comes Online!
Listening to two talks by two very prominent scientists recently got me thinking a bit about the whole issue of scientific communication. One was given by Yuri Levin, a former student of Kip Thorne, on Sagittarius A*, the location of the supermassive black hole in the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. The other talk… Read More Some Thoughts on Scientific Communication
I’ve been wondering why no one bothered making a video demonstrating the science drivers for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – and it’s about time someone did one. And someone has! Thanks to the people at the Swinburne Astrophysics and Supercomputing group, we now have a complementary science video to accompany the awe-inspiring SKA video.
Good to see some progress going on up North. Apparently all 6 antennas are up. 5 more have been added since the first dish was installed on site last summer. It will definitely look awesome when all 36 dishes are installed by 2013 (if all goes well). Can’t wait for the phased array feeds (PAFs) to be… Read More ASKAP Beta Construction Underway!