Monthly Archives: February 2009

Tracing the Sun’s family tree

Its been two weeks since my last post - I was busy finalizing my next research article and it is now ready for publication. The days were flying along. My daily routine goes something like this: drive my 4yr old ...

Videos of talks

A post about videos of talk today...  Last week, I mentioned that I gave a talk at SETI Institute, my host institution on my research about my research in the field of multiple asteroid systems. The talk was recorded and it ...

Night talk under the starlight

"Nasir rolled over on his back, with my glasses, and began to study the stars, counting aloud first one group and then another; crying out with surprise at discovering little lights not noticed by his unaided eye. Auda set us ...

Preparing for National Science and Engineering Week

Phew! Its early evening and I am breathing a sigh of relief, it might be one of the only free evenings I have in a long while with the run up to  national science and engineering week that takes place ...

The Phoenix mission on Mars

Hello, Yesterday at UC-Berkeley, I attended a talk given by Peter Smith, PI of the the Phoenix mission. Peter gave us an overview of the mission, its concept and a few information about the scientific results. A serie of articles will ...

Space junk!

I'm sure most readers who follow the Cosmic Diary blogs heard about the satellite collision last week. Thankfully, the experts are saying that the debris poses little risk to the astronomers currently living in the ISS and that the ...

Talk at SETI today – Tomorrow at UC-Berkeley

Hello, I have just given my talk at SETI Institute. I don't know why it is more stressful to give a talk in your host institution than somewhere else. :-) Anyway it went quite well since I talked about my recent ...

And the Debate Continues ..

It has been 400 years since Galileo observed the sky with the telescope, and since that time, the way people look at the sky shifted. In the case: which one is accepted as true in scientific notion, is it Heliocentric ...

Back from the Physics Diversity Submit 2009 conference in Nashville, TN

Dear readers, I am flying back from Nashville, a large city in located Tennessee. This was my first stay in this southern state. I was invited to give a talk about my work on adaptive optics for the study of the ...

200 yrs ago Charles Darwin was born

Dear readers, Today, February 12 2009 is the 200 years birthday of C. Darwin, famous naturalist known for his theory of the species evolution. While driving to SETI institute yesterday, I was listening to an  podcast from "2000 ans d'Histoire", a ...