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Keep calm, carry on, but don’t keep quiet

I have been dealing with cuts in science since 2007. It can be draining and depressing, but I have learned at least two important lessons. The HERA collider started up for the first time just as I was finishing my … Continue reading

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Supersymmetry: The Higgs boson’s flexible friend

This post is also on The Guardian. Next week I am giving a talk a the SUSY 2010 conference in Bonn. It is a bit weird that there have been seventeen of these annual SUSY (for “SUperSYmmetry”), meetings, even though there is … Continue reading

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Brain Drained

This post also at the Guardian. On Saturday I went to a leaving party for Lily Asquith of LHCSound fame. Lily was one of our PhD students on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Having graduated, she is now heading off to a … Continue reading

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ICHEP is over, long live ICHEP

ICHEP now moves from the parallel to the plenary sessions. Some people leave, some arrive. Some, like me, stay. On Friday evening we had concert by a string quartet dressed as the Reservoir Dogs in the beautiful Hotel de Ville de Paris. Debussy’s … Continue reading

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Fun with data

Quick one, rather than my usual finely-honed prose. I am very busy and am having lots of fun. We are writing papers on jet data from ATLAS. I love this, and as I tweeted I am just so impressed by … Continue reading

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Survival of those that Fit

I noticed the other day that suddenly more people were looking at my blog. So it goes - Wordpress give you lots of cool graphs to obsess over. However, that particular demon is a mere spotty imp compared to the citation-count ogre. … Continue reading

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The Spiegelei Incident

Now also at The Guardian. Ah! the Eurovision cheers from Hamburg… And a  song with physics in the lyric wins. Having had my brain melted by the whole thing (see twitter stream…) I think I am now infatuated with a … Continue reading

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This is Not a Drill

I haven’t been paying as much attention as I should to science policy in the election. Guilty, will re-engage. I have a good excuse, of course. Even after STFC cuts we’re still members of CERN, the LHC is running, and … Continue reading

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Frog Chorus

Last week, on the day we got our first 7 TeV collisions at the Large Hadron Collider, quite by chance we also had the conference dinner of the annual meeting of the Institute of Physics High Energy Particle Physics and … Continue reading

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LHC High Energy Physics Start

So, the LHC breaks new ground again. Not just in fundamental physics and accelerator technology, but in doing science live in public, or at least so it feels. We had hoped for collisions for breakfast but it didn’t work out … Continue reading

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