Archive for October, 2010

A first

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Nobody had ever won both a Nobel and an Ig Nobel prize, until this year.

Here‘s what Geim won the Ig Nobel for:

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QUBIC paper submitted

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

For quite a while now, I’ve been part of a collaboration working on the development of QUBIC, a new kind of instrument for measuring the polarization of the microwave background.  For those who want details, we’ve written a paper describing the current status and prospects of the project.  It’s posted on the arxiv, and it’s been submitted for publication in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.  Enjoy.