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30-second science blogging: News flash! Newest Nobel Laureate *not* a unit of measurement

Despite sharing the same last name as well as the same undergraduate institution, the newest Nobel Laureate in Physics is not the Smoot of Mass. Ave. bridge fame.

So, which would you rather be? Immortalized by the Nobel Prize, or by an MIT hack?

6 Responses to “30-second science blogging: News flash! Newest Nobel Laureate *not* a unit of measurement”

  1. protected static Says:

    I will only add (without further elaboration) that the Mass Ave Bridge’s length is not the static 364.4 Smoots + 1 ear enshrined by MIT. It is, rather, a far more relativistic distance, one that is heavily influenced by weather conditions and ethanol consumption (with the potential for deleterious effects to be observed both during and after excessive alcohol consumption).

    Without my own field observations, I wouldn’t have believed it either. I suspect the placement of the fraternity houses has a subtle influence upon the physics of the bridge.

  2. protected static Says:

    I will only add (without further elaboration) that the Mass Ave Bridge's length is not the static 364.4 Smoots 1 ear enshrined by MIT. It is, rather, a far more <i>relativistic</i> distance, one that is heavily influenced by weather conditions and ethanol consumption (with the potential for deleterious effects to be observed both during and after excessive alcohol consumption).

    Without my own field observations, I wouldn't have believed it either. I suspect the placement of the fraternity houses has a subtle influence upon the physics of the bridge.

  3. karen m Says:

    Without my own field observations, I wouldn’t have believed it either.

    I’m curious, but I don’t think I’ll ask.

    I’d rather be known for an MIT hack, I think – although the cash reward isn’t as great. If there was a Nobel Prize in mechanics, I’d give it to the guy who installed the new ornament on the Great Dome.

  4. karen m Says:

    <em>Without my own field observations, I wouldn’t have believed it either.</em>

    I'm curious, but I don't think I'll ask.

    I'd rather be known for an MIT hack, I think – although the cash reward isn't as great. If there was a Nobel Prize in mechanics, I'd give it to the guy who <a href="http://hacks.mit.edu/Hacks/by_year/2006/firetruck…rel="nofollow">installed the new ornament on the Great Dome</a>.

  5. protected static Says:

    I’m curious, but I don’t think I’ll ask.

    It isn’t that exciting, really. My ROTC Battalion was a multi-school unit headquartered at MIT, so I wound up going to a few parties there. The key phrase is “placement of the fraternity houses”… ;-)

  6. protected static Says:

    <i>I’m curious, but I don’t think I’ll ask.</i>

    It isn't that exciting, really. My ROTC Battalion was a multi-school unit headquartered at MIT, so I wound up going to a few parties there. The key phrase is "placement of the fraternity houses"… ;-)

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