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    More: Sad, Nuclear Physics, quark-gluon plasma, Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, Robert Tribble, U.S., Brookhaven National Laboratory, electron beams, Supernova  
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2013-01-29 09:53:39 AM
A glorious victory for the empire.
 
2013-01-29 10:06:25 AM
Pfft.  Whatever.  What has physics research ever done for this country?
 
2013-01-29 11:03:01 AM

Diogenes: Pfft.  Whatever.  What has physics research ever done for this country?


Tomorrow's research is responsible for yesterday's success.
 
2013-01-29 11:03:23 AM
Who needs basic research when you have marketing?
 
2013-01-29 11:08:10 AM
I've watched every minute of this meeting on the webcast. This headline is hugely misleading. The unanimous recommendation of the subcomittee was that the only way to achieve the goals of the long range plan is the modest growth funding profile.

The committee also commented on the flat-flat funding profiles because it was in their charge, but the committee noted explicitly that the decision in this case (slight preference for FRIB over RHIC) was
- not a concensus
- not motivated by the science (the science at RHIC, FRIB, and CEBAF is equally strong)
- time-dependent (a meeting only a few years ago ranked RHIC highest) and likely to change
- likely will cause a 'death spiral' for all nuclear science in the US - although the committee is very much avoiding this specific term.
 
2013-01-29 11:33:45 AM

wjllope: I've watched every minute of this meeting on the webcast. This headline is hugely misleading. The unanimous recommendation of the subcomittee was that the only way to achieve the goals of the long range plan is the modest growth funding profile.

The committee also commented on the flat-flat funding profiles because it was in their charge, but the committee noted explicitly that the decision in this case (slight preference for FRIB over RHIC) was
- not a concensus
- not motivated by the science (the science at RHIC, FRIB, and CEBAF is equally strong)
- time-dependent (a meeting only a few years ago ranked RHIC highest) and likely to change
- likely will cause a 'death spiral' for all nuclear science in the US - although the committee is very much avoiding this specific term.


Now why would they go to any lengths to avoid a term like "Death Spiral"? Because, honestly, I'm pretty sure they could pick up additional funding through the military that way.
 
2013-01-29 11:43:52 AM
And our brave march backwards continues.
 
2013-01-29 11:58:28 AM
So.

What is the next frontier pushing research we cede to other countries?
 
2013-01-29 11:59:24 AM
And I feel this is appropriate.

"When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what the hell am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!"
 
2013-01-29 12:29:25 PM

Old enough to know better: And our brave march backwards continues.


:'(
 
2013-01-29 12:35:29 PM
If they do this, I demand an episode of Big Bang Theory in which Leonard, Sheldon, and Raj spend the entire episode weeping.
 
2013-01-29 12:43:53 PM
But hey, the military needs their new stuff, no matter what the Pentagon says.
 
2013-01-29 12:45:49 PM

Old enough to know better: And our brave march backwards continues.


i blame religious people

i recommend shuttering the hardon collider after shutting the last U.S. grand atom smasher
 
2013-01-29 12:52:01 PM
*Sigh* The US is being run by people who are too short sighted to comprehend that they are the architects of it's long, but sure, decline...
 
2013-01-29 12:54:07 PM
I'm so glad I went into nanophysics. At least that's a growing field with a crapton of industrial applications to boot...
 
2013-01-29 01:00:45 PM

Nurglitch: Now why would they go to any lengths to avoid a term like "Death Spiral"? Because, honestly, I'm pretty sure they could pick up additional funding through the military that way.


I'm pretty sure that referring to circular colliders "death spirals" is how they got funded in the first place.
 
2013-01-29 01:07:05 PM
Maybe the good folks at the large oil company that keeps running ads about America's piss-poor performance in math and science could give up their annual subsidies so we can try to fix this BS?

/you may say I'm a dreamer
 
2013-01-29 01:10:45 PM
FTA: "RHIC uses twin accelerators to smash heavy nuclei together to produce fleeting puffs of a weird type of matter called a quark gluon plasma that filled the newborn universe."

www.startrek.com

So there's your problem.
 
2013-01-29 01:24:43 PM
I really don't see any new science coming out of these accelerators. They've done all the experiments they can with them. If anything new is going to be found, it's going to happen at the LHC.

Close down the 500F ovens and continue your efforts with the 1000F oven.

/yes the Sheldons will cry, but they have to move on....
//we ain't made of money no more
 
2013-01-29 02:16:13 PM
Flat Earthers win again. We spend more on blowing up our planet than we do on studying it!
 
2013-01-29 02:24:02 PM
Seriously. Nuclear Physics is for commies and muslims.

What we need is more conventional weapons that the military doesn't want and will immediately mothball.
 
2013-01-29 03:03:25 PM
The trouble with government programs, even good ones, is they are kind of like tribbles. They eat all our food, cooing gleefully, and multiplying. Then we wonder what happened to all our food.
 
2013-01-29 03:08:53 PM

logieal: FTA: "RHIC uses twin accelerators to smash heavy nuclei together to produce fleeting puffs of a weird type of matter called a quark gluon plasma that filled the newborn universe."

[www.startrek.com image 320x240]

So there's your problem.


How about funding for the new station?
 
2013-01-29 03:47:32 PM

I drunk what: Old enough to know better: And our brave march backwards continues.

i blame religious people

i recommend shuttering the hardon collider after shutting the last U.S. grand atom smasher


But enough about my mom...
 
2013-01-29 03:59:30 PM

mark12A: I really don't see any new science coming out of these accelerators. They've done all the experiments they can with them. If anything new is going to be found, it's going to happen at the LHC.

LHC can't do polarized protons. LHC can't do asymmetric species. LHC can't do low energy scans. LHC can't do nuclei above Pb. RHIC can do all of those things. There's plenty of good science to be done at other facilities--it's not just about the temperature of your oven, it's also about how you oven works.
 
2013-01-29 04:19:11 PM
DECMATH:
The trouble with government programs, even good ones, is they are kind of like tribbles. They eat all our food, cooing gleefully, and multiplying. Then we wonder what happened to all our food.

You clearly are not familiar with the sad state of science funding in the US.

Squirrelit:
LHC can't do polarized protons. LHC can't do asymmetric species. LHC can't do low energy scans. LHC can't do nuclei above Pb. RHIC can do all of those things. There's plenty of good science to be done at other facilities--it's not just about the temperature of your oven, it's also about how you oven works.

Amazing, someone here who actually farking knows what they're talking about. * clap clap *
 
2013-01-29 04:46:46 PM

theurge14: I drunk what: Old enough to know better: And our brave march backwards continues.

i blame religious people

i recommend shuttering the hardon collider after shutting the last U.S. grand atom smasher

But enough about my mom...


edo.ohlawd.net

/Your tax dollars at work.
 
2013-01-29 05:11:03 PM
Squirrelit:
LHC can't do polarized protons. LHC can't do asymmetric species. LHC can't do low energy scans. LHC can't do nuclei above Pb. RHIC can do all of those things. There's plenty of good science to be done at other facilities--it's not just about the temperature of your oven, it's also about how you oven works.


Waitaminute, I thought we ordered all that stuff for the LHC, plus the undercoating package.
 
2013-01-29 08:49:24 PM

mark12A: Waitaminute, I thought we ordered all that stuff for the LHC, plus the undercoating package.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-29 08:52:50 PM

Diogenes: Pfft.  Whatever.  What has physics research ever done for this country?


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-29 08:57:00 PM
It's distressing what we aren't willing to pay for anymore. But we'll preserve those entitlements to the last.
 
2013-01-29 09:28:54 PM
Old enough to know better

And our brave march backwards continues.

Thank darwin "we" elected those pro-science democrats.
 
2013-01-29 10:04:57 PM
I got to talk briefly to Nick Holonyak on the 50th anniversary of his first successful L.E.D. He was still sharp, and sharper still in his anger that US basic research in so many areas is falling behind because you can't immediately commercialize every little thing you find out. yet, it is just that kind of basic research that eventually opens up entire new fields and the business opportunities that come with them.
 
2013-01-29 10:58:17 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: logieal: FTA: "RHIC uses twin accelerators to smash heavy nuclei together to produce fleeting puffs of a weird type of matter called a quark gluon plasma that filled the newborn universe."

[www.startrek.com image 320x240]

So there's your problem.

How about funding for the new station?


The Superconducting Supercollider was cancelled in the 1990s in favor of the space station.
 
2013-01-30 12:29:01 AM
And Captain, you're in good hands with Tribble.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-30 02:29:36 AM

JohnAnnArbor: Representative of the unwashed masses: logieal: FTA: "RHIC uses twin accelerators to smash heavy nuclei together to produce fleeting puffs of a weird type of matter called a quark gluon plasma that filled the newborn universe."

[www.startrek.com image 320x240]

So there's your problem.

How about funding for the new station?

The Superconducting Supercollider was cancelled in the 1990s in favor of the space station.


False choice. Was the defense budget too big at the time? Then it was cancelled in favor of that much of the defense budget.
 
2013-01-30 05:27:14 AM

JohnAnnArbor: The Superconducting Supercollider was cancelled in the 1990s in favor of the space station.


The SSC was originally going to be an extension of FermiLab, but some asshat congress critter pushed hard to move it to Waxahachie, TX, which sent it way over budget since now instead of just the ring, they needed the whole shebang, acceleration rings and a lab to analyze the results. If it had been at FermiLab, they would have been able to make use of the existing gear.

I would have loved to see the thing finished, whether built in Texas or Illinois.
 
2013-01-30 05:56:44 AM

Nem Wan: False choice. Was the defense budget too big at the time? Then it was cancelled in favor of that much of the defense budget.


No kidding. And the worst part about it is that the bloated defense budget undermines our military more than it supports it. The military value of shiat is a distant second to whose district its in and how well funded the corporate lobbyists there are. Same is true for big science, but at least we get something done and are able to maintain something of an expertise base.

Best of all, now the focus of the US budget is on keeping a bunch of fat sick drug addicts fat sick and buying drugs.

/Yeah Science!
 
2013-01-30 07:16:30 AM
Who needs physics when oil companies need subsidies?
 
2013-01-30 09:48:29 AM

DerechoSCK: *Sigh* The US is being run by people who are too short sighted to comprehend that they are the architects of it's long, but sure, decline...


There ya go. I fixed it.
 
2013-01-30 09:51:54 AM

Cucullen: Nem Wan: False choice. Was the defense budget too big at the time? Then it was cancelled in favor of that much of the defense budget.

No kidding. And the worst part about it is that the bloated defense budget undermines our military more than it supports it. The military value of shiat is a distant second to whose district its in and how well funded the corporate lobbyists there are. Same is true for big science, but at least we get something done and are able to maintain something of an expertise base.

Best of all, now the focus of the US budget is on keeping a bunch of fat sick drug addicts fat sick and buying drugs.

/Yeah Science!


Right, cause if they increased the nuclear SCIENCE! budget, we would all become bicycle riding, nature loving hippies.

Right?
 
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