The autumn scenery of Suzunomiya Park, Sakai. The photo was taken on November 26, 2010.
From tweets of yesterday (edited by rephrasing, adding words, etc.)
"A ground-based transmission spectrum of the super-Earth exoplanet GJ 1214b." Nature Vol. 468, p. 669 (02 December 2010). —Report from a team using the Very Large Telescope facility.
Bundled link to Dokkum-Conroy paper "A substantial population of low-mass stars in luminous elliptical galaxies" Nature (Published online December 1, 2010) and media news about it: " 'Trillions' of Earths orbit red stars in older galaxies," by BBC and "How many stars? Three times as many as we thought, Report Says," by New York Times.
[From Colin Peters, about the BBC news above] As Carl Sagan would say, "Trillions and trillions."
Watched "Yutaka Sado talks about Leonard Bernstein" on TV. It included moving stories about a teacher, in conducting an orchestra, and "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history (words in New York Times, quoted by Wikipedia)," by his disciple.
"Biography: Envy and power." Nature Vol. 468, p. 629 (December 2, 2010). —Robert Crease reviews István Hargittai's Judging Edward Teller: A Closer Look at One of the Most Influential Scientists of the Twentieth Century.
"Books in brief." Nature Vol. 468, p. 631 (02 December 2010). —A review of Martin Bojowald's Once Before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe included.
About Condensed Matter Physics
Bundled link to "Equilibration rates and negative absolute temperatures for ultracold atoms in optical lattices" Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol. 105, p. 220405 (2010) and New Scientist article to explain it.
About Fundamental Physics
"Trapped antihydrogen." Antimatter was first predicted in 1931, by Dirac. [. . .] Antihydrogen is of interest for use in a precision test of nature’s fundamental symmetries. [. . .] Here we demonstrate trapping of antihydrogen atoms. Nature Vol. 468, p. 673 (02 December 2010).
About Nuclear Physics
Bundled link to "New type of asymmetric fission in proton-rich nuclei" Phys. Rev. Lett. (in press) and Nature News to explain it.
Exchange of Words with Friends
[In reply to Colin Peters's tweet about astrophysics above] Oh, I have a copy of Carl Sagan's "Billions and Billions" but have read only about 1/3.
[From Colin Peters] I'm a big Sagan fan. I especially liked "Billions and Billions" as I recall.
[To Colin Peters] I like Sagan, too; read "The Dragons of Eden," "Cosmos" and "The Demon-Haunted World"; and want to read the rest of "Billions and Billions." (December 3).
秋色 ２２ (Autumn Colors 22)