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Marni D. Sheppeard

Friday, January 11, 2008


Blogging may be light for a week or so, as I've left UC, spent all the money I saved working over the holidays on a computer, and now I must save for an internet connection.


Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Condolences on the loss of Sir Edmund Hillary. He was quite an icon among climbers and New Zealanders.

January 11, 2008 8:28 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

In this neck of the woods, one can get a free internet connection by wifi at local libraries. This works even when the libraries are closed, if you're willing to hang around close enough to them.

January 11, 2008 8:36 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Thanks, Louise. Carl, we can get free access from a cinema, but only so long as the battery lasts, and its quite a distance from home. Moreover, I find screaming children a little distracting.

January 12, 2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Along the line of the screaming children thing, I'm considering getting myself one of those thingies that plays music and an earphone. I figure I could wear it when I want to think about things instead of talk to people who just want to past the time.

January 12, 2008 7:23 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hi Kea, Have you considered a professional transition within physics to some type of bio-physics for gainful employment?

Londoner Paul Davies, "physicist and cosmologist by profession", now "also work[s] in astrobiology". He had a recent 8 page paper, 'Are Aliens among Us?' in Scientific American, December 2007.

He discusses the possible substitution of methane for water in cold. I wonder if he may overlook the possibility of H2S in hot such as Venus?

He also writes about chirality, levo in nucleic acids and dextro in sugars. I wonder if historical periodic Geomagnetic reversals could allow for viable levo sugars and dextro nucleic acids during such dramatic changes?

Physicist Gary A Glatzmaier UC-Santa Cruz has published in Nature, Science and Scientific American abbout such reversals.

There seem to be many opportunities for various scientists in the multi-disciplinary fields of biology. It may not be HEP, but knot theory is prominent in nucleic acids.

January 14, 2008 5:03 AM  

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