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DAMPE & WIMPs December 2, 2017

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A pprobe detected a mysterious signal that physics can’t explain


The spaceprobe entered the orbit in December 2015. It wss launched from the Jiuquan (酒泉) Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert (戈壁沙漠), about 820 miles northwest of Xi’an (西安). 

DAMPE stands for Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) while WIMPs are known as weakly interacting massive particles. The DAMPE spaceprobe was specifically designed to look for the indirect decay signal of the dark matter, the so-called WIMPs.

I don’t know that China is into this kind of research in astrophysics, the kind of research which doesn’t yield any immediate benefits, if ever, except advacing knowledge in space, time, and possibly the meaning of life and why we are here in this world.

This project will go on for 5 years.


You need to read this article September 24, 2017

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8 Myths About Sugar You Need to Stop Believing


Give me two pounds of jelly beans, please.

I know a few of them August 10, 2017

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What are the technologies from China that lead the world? 

by Gustavo Brown 


Space, Eridanus Supervoid, ASASSN-15lh and more May 5, 2017

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Terrifying unexplained mysteries of deep space


Source: AIRS, Corey Parker, grunge.com, Albert Lakey

Don’t forget the Great Attractor.

Terrifying indeed. But, you don’t need to lose sleep over it.

Trump will keep you up in the night anyway.

The Big Bang – or the Big Bounce? April 30, 2017

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The Big Bang – or the Big Bounce? – https://www.ft.com/content/f47b8310-0383-11e7-ace0-1ce02ef0def9 via @FT

Whether it is big bang or big bounce, this is by far the best and easiest-to-understand article about “Big Bang,” written by Sean Carrol for people with no knowledge of how space and time work in the universe that we are in now. It’s an easy and enjoyable read.

Credit: Caleb Charland, Getty. Source: Financial Times.

I am sure you have questions like: 
。What’s before the “big bang?” 

。Did the “big bang” bring with it the beginning of time?

。Was there no time before the “big bang?”

The scientists have no answers for us common folks just yet. They might in a decade or a century. 

But who is counting? After all, the universe has existed for 13.8 billion years, give or take a few millions. 

It can wait.

BBC News: ‘Phone seismometers’ prove their worth December 18, 2016

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I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

‘Phone seismometers’ prove their worth – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38349755

Taiwan is in the danger zone and an app like this from Berkeley will one day be useful to generate alerts.

林口 (Linkou,) where I live, is not known as an earthquake hot spot in Taiwan so that it is not likely that my phone will pick up any major earthquake near my house soon. However, when I travel to other regions in Taiwan, it might become useful.

Article: Gravity is the oldest fundamental force ever discovered. Might it not be fundamental after all? November 23, 2016

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Gravity is the oldest fundamental force ever discovered. Might it not be fundamental after all?


Even though I don’t understand the science discussed in this article, I enjoyed reading it a lot.

Topics like this one has always been fascinating to me.

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