The big announcement

OH: "We can just have physicists on in the background…"

Tuesday does Saturday right: Our big screen shows physicists filing in slowly to take seats for the big Higgs-Boson announcement #nerds #yes

OMG. Physicists are cute. #higgsboson

Default for male physicists seems to be blue shirts, for females red. Does this mean female physicists are moving faster away from now?

Physicists. Sooooo cute and funny. #higgsboson #nerdsRgreat

Quickly becoming incomprehensible to me, but STILL CUTE! #higgsboson

Loving the messy, non-definitiveness of science. Slow growth of understanding & growth of subsequent questions. Thank you, scientists!

Trying stuff no one’s done before? Science does that.

"Nobody thinks to raise baby ostriches in the middle of a museum."

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At @calacademy again. Yay!

 

These chicks are about 2 weeks old. Since they're the same ones I saw a week ago and the scientist in the rear of the photo said they'll be too big for the enclosure in another 4 weeks and that they have the next batch of eggs incubating now, I recommend a visit between June 25th and July 5th for optimal cuteness, either of the gangly teen or teensy fluffy baby variety depending on your luck and the accuracy of my memory of what he said.

 

The scientist bending over is using a small thermometer to test the temperature under the heat lamps. Baby ostriches are sensitive to heat and humidity and they like it about 95 degrees under there. The scientists are adjusting the height of these new lamps for optimal conditions.

A lovely visit to the museum

Having a great time at @calacademy. The new Earthquake exhibit is excellent–especially the shake room! Members only today; public tomorrow.

New planetarium show at @calacademy is super cool, esp. for fans of #SF. Fly-through of bay in 1906 is entrancing & intriguing. #earthquake

 

(I love my city. Why did the info desk guy at @calacademy look so familiar? He’s a Cockette, of course & he was great in Pearls Over Shanghai)

sexism is a negative economic force

Interesting comments from astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell (co-discover of pulsars) re: women, science & engineering

“There is a lot still of unthinkingness and I have to say this is in the UK. This programme will go to many countries, particularly in southeast Asia, where there aren’t these kinds of issues; where it’s perfectly normal for women to do engineering, physics, science, what have you. But, it’s a cultural thing and the English-speaking countries in particular tend to be on the poor side.”

“Why is that?”

“It’s something to do with cultural history. It may be something to do with defensiveness by the males. But what has happened, I judge, in southeast Asia for example, is the government has seen they need all the scientific and engineering talent they’ve got, so they make sure that it’s perfectly okay for women to do science and engineering. And it shows.”

High tea with astronomy break

Turns out the overlap between Gilbert & Sullivan fan & science nerd is pretty high. @lamplightersMT #eclipse

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The intermission at the special fundraiser event was extended so everyone could enjoy the eclipse.

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Joe under the pinholes created by gaps in the trees’ leaves.

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Pinholes in paper.

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Pinholes created by gaps in leaves.

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Making pinholes with our hands.

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