Christmas is coming, and with it a temporary stop of working activities for most of us- but not all, as the world does not stop spinning, nor do electrons in the computers that crunch LHC datasets in search for new physics. As for academics, they leave their offices with piles of articles to review and grant proposals to write, knowing that their mailboxes will not stop filling up during the winter break. But it’s a jolly time nonetheless 😉 Continue reading “One Year in Review”
On Friday, September 8 th I attended a Sino-Italian workshop on astrostatistics organized at the Department of Statistical Sciences in Padova. It touched current topics at the interface between Astronomy, Physics and Statistics. At a first glance, I was surprised by the similarity of the research topics that are faced across different fields of science. Often the main difference lays only in the data and the assumptions of the underlying data generating process. Continue reading “Astro@stats Workshop”
If I am alive, I probably owe it to my current very good physical shape.
That does not mean I narrowly escaped a certain death; rather, it means that if I had been slower there are good chances I would have got hit by lightning, under arduous conditions, at 4300 meters of altitude.
So, after this dramatic introduction, I hope I have hooked as many of you as possible, and I can start from the beginning the tale of what was meant to be a half-day excursion with no particular ambitions. I am spending a week in Quito, Ecuador, where I have been lecturing graduate students in astro-particle Continue reading “A Narrow Escape”
Unlike previously understood, the last artwork by Venice high-school students featured in this blog, of a total of 39, is titled “Le prospettive della luce” (light’s perspectives). It is a video produced by Alberto Bentsik, Tommaso Moretti, and Samuele Tonello , students of the Liceo “G.B. Benedetti”. The students filmed themselves as they worked on a wooden board, and produced a high-speed video that shows their actions like in a movie from the nineteen-twenties. This allowed them to “document” their creative process, which is a bit mysterious as we only get to see them planting nails on the board and doing other slightly obscure operations on it. The board is shown below.
In the final frames of the video is shown the real result of their work – streaks of colour produced by red led lights shining on the board: that is their Continue reading “Art & Science 39: Light’s Perspectives”
Elisa Brocca and Emma Troni, two students from Liceo “G.B. Benedetti”, are the authors of the video titled “Boson Motion”. The students captured the video as a succession of frames that try to picture the collision of two LHC protons with coloured balls, and to explain the motion of massive and massless particles in the presence of the Higgs boson field. The result is a fun animation.
The Art & Science contest is coming to a close, as tomorrow evening Continue reading “Art & Science 38: Boson Motion”
Five of the 39 works produced by the high school students of Venice for the Art & Science contest are video recordings. In general, the footage recording skills of the students have been shown to be quite good. In the video presented here this is especially true: the product is quite well assembled, the perspectives and colours are chosen with care, and the result pleasing.
The students who produced the video are Filippo Baldan, Lorenzo Bottoni and Elia Mariotto, from the Liceo “G.B. Benedetti” in Venice. I must say that the creative process that led to this video, which allegedly started from the lectures on Continue reading “Art & Science 37: The God Particle”
The work titled “Limite mentale” (mental limit) is the result of the artistic effort of Luca Seccarello and Nanni Visintin, students from the Liceo “G.B. Benedetti” of Venice who along with 70 more participated in the “Art & Science” contest organized by the AMVA4NewPhysics network in Venice as part of a bigger initiative of the “CREATIONS” EU network.
Two days now are left before the prize-giving event in “Sala Perla” at the Palazzo del Casinò of the Lido of Venice, where since Continue reading “Art & Science 36: Mental Limit”
The work strangely titled “NGM” (it’s an acronym for the names of its three authors) is quite strange-looking, both for the choice of materials and for its visual appearance. The three high-school students who produced it (Nicolò Patrizio, Giovanni Felisi, Matteo Carraro), from the Liceo “G.B. Benedetti” of Venice, explained that the choice of materials was at the very heart of their creative process.
Wood and copper were used to assemble a structure that remains a Continue reading “Art & Science 35: NGM”
Last week I, along with fellow network ESR Pablo, attended the International School of Science Journalism in Erice, on the Italian island of Sicily. As regular readers of this blog will know, scientific outreach plays an important role in our network activities, and I’d attended with the hope of gaining tips for better simplifying and presenting my research. Continue reading “SciComm in Erice”