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The incomparable, and appropriately named, Amazing Randi died last week. He was the finest of sceptics, and a knight of truth. I feel his anger towards those who would lie and take advantage. Here is his marvellous TED Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0Z7KeNCi7g Here he is in an interview basically doing Uri Geller’s Continue reading

NASA SpaceX Demo-2 looking much more hopeful for launch this time round. Come on!

Nothing like watching a new era of space launches (assuming the weather gets out the way) #SpaceX #NASA

Science Museum Wanderings

I recently had to use up some leave and so had a week off work. Unfortunately maintenance to the drains where I live meant I had to be out of home for the first day. Fortunately this give a chance to head for the Science Museum

There Is The Atom

Single Atom in an Ion Trap

Back when I used to play with an STM I used to get quite excited when sixth formers came around, showing them individual atoms appearing in a scan (probably of a Si 7×7 reconstruction). This is probably as close as that to really seeing an atom. Cool stuff.

Just put some foil over the top of a bowl and for some reason was suddenly transported back to covering a port on a UHV chamber. Haven’t done that in a while.