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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Science!

Just a quick update for all those who may be interested. I haven't posted in quite a while. This is because I've been on a trip to the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago for a physics/computer science/math/chemistry/geology symposium. We left on Thursday and didn't get back until Sunday at around 3AM. From where I am, it's about an eight or nine hour drive one way.

I was a tired panda by the time we got back.

I wish I could post some pictures, but sadly, I didn't bring a camera along with me. I did get to see some very cool things, though. I watched somewhere around 30 speeches showcasing some of the latest research in several different fields, saw the Advanced Photon Source (a 2/3 mile particle accelerator), and went into Chicago to spend a day and explore.

Seeing this thing was incredibly awesome. SCIENCE!

Presumably, either later tonight or tomorrow, Programmable Abortion will return to its regularly scheduled programming and continue with the reviews. I've had a good one almost done since Thursday that the super Pokemon nerds among us will really enjoy: Pokemon Trading Card Game for Game Boy Color.

27 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun. We missed you here in blog land.

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  2. Loving the blog, and glad you had a nice trip :P Looking forward to the Pokemon post!!

    come check out my blog when you have the chance :)

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  3. wow! i wanna see a particle accelerator before i die!

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  4. That building looks amazing! Sounds like you had a great time :D

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  5. so sad u didnt use camera and share with us some photos story is great i see u got a lot of good time :D

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  6. whoa cool! Interesting trip. SCIENCE! Awww yeeeahhhh pokemon trading cards ;)

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  7. Sounds like an awesome trip! Oh and I used to love the pokemon trading card game for GBC! My only complaint was it was just too short.

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  8. Eurrrgghh, that trip exhausted me.

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  9. Sweet. So what speeches blew your mind the most? I just started reading 'A short history of nearly everything' and it really blows my mind how I've never thought of how much science and physics happen on a daily basis.

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  10. Sounds exhausting but mind expanding! I'm honored that you visited my blog during this hectic time for you. What a cool trip and my goodness that accelerator looks like a doomsday machine.

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  12. That looks like a lot of fun.

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  13. The most mind-blowing was probably the one by a prof who had discovered over the course of the past ten years that a massive star-forming region in space was emitting periodic formaldehyde maser flares. That doesn't really sound too amazing now that I write it down, but it certainly seemed like it, especially when he mentioned that he had no idea what's causing the flares. It might've been accretion from a young binary system, though.

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  14. Looking forward to the reviews!

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  15. Pandas? i love pandas!
    but aside that, dude science is awesome next time take pictures.
    cheeeers

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  16. Science, lol. Most of the mind blowing things are looking at things occurring and having no idea why it happens. like magnetic pole reversals.

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  17. I love science!

    I was wondering where you had "poof'd" to.

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