Daily Archives: July 3, 2012

  • Higgs Boson: Yes/No/Maybe?

    It is always good to see science covered in the mainstream media. It is equally disheartening to see misinterpretation of scientific results. I am sure you’ve been hearing a lot about the “discovery” of the Higgs Boson particle, also (unfortunately) coined as the “God particle”. If you are not a physicist, you might find difficulty in interpreting the results. So, here is a particle physics 101 so that you can make your own opinion about the results.

    In particle physics (as in some other fields), results are statistical and are always presented with a “sigma” or standard deviation(s) away from the

  • Astrobiology Research Focus Group Applications DUE TODAY!

    Hello! If you are planning on attending the Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference (AbGradCon) in August, please consider applying for the 4th annual Research Focus Group (RFG). The research focus group is an intensive (BUT FUN) three day workshop (August 24-26th) designed to group students from different research backgrounds to come together and create a novel idea that is feasible, fundable and has scientific merit. Each group will present their proposals and will be judged by the other groups participating. The main point of the workshop is to gain collaborative proposal writing skills, and I can assure you, it’s

  • Not My Job

    A couple of months ago, I was at the biennial Astrobiology Science Conference. It was a busy day … I had just met up with a potential new collaborator who was interested in bringing some of the online modules we’ve been developing for our online astrobiology course, Habitable Worlds, to a South American audience (in particular, to a lay audience during a public event the following weekend). About half an hour later, I was due to meet up with my class via videochat for our “Ask a Scientist” videochat series that we had developed specifically for this conference so

  • We’ll be talking a bit about the Higgs Boson this week…

    Below is a cartoon explaining why physicists are so excited by the chase for the Higgs Boson, and how they’re looking for it. This was made by a hero of all grad students, Jorge Cham of “PhD Comics” fame.

    The Higgs Boson Explained from PHD Comics on Vimeo.

    We’re posting this here because we’re going to be talking about the Higgs Boson later this week. Stay tuned to pb.b for more. :-)