The Curiosity Index (28.11.2018)

Russia-Ukraine dispute raises new tensions

This is a good explainer for the latest flashpoint in the conflict. It’s worth being very clear about the basic fact that Russia invaded another country, seized part of it’s territory, claimed it as it’s own, fostered a civil war all the while denying all knowledge of it. There were sanctions but nothing more. 

Not only has it caused immense problems for Ukraine as a nation but also caused a schism in the Orthodox church.

22 months of Syria’s civil war condensed into a 1-minute video

I would read the article first (link) in the headline and then watch the video. It’s informative but the soundtrack is somewhat disconcerting to what amounts to years of suffering for millions of people. 

The Present Phase of Stagnation in the Foundations of Physics Is Not Normal

This is interesting.

Ten-thousands of wrong predictions sounds dramatic, but it’s actually an underestimate. I am merely summing up predictions that have been made for physics beyond the standard model which the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was supposed to find: All the extra dimensions in their multiple shapes and configurations, all the pretty symmetry groups, all the new particles with the fancy names. You can estimate the total number of such predictions by counting the papers, or, alternatively, the people working in the fields and their average productivity.

They were all wrong. Even if the LHC finds something new in the data that is yet to come, we already know that the theorists’ guesses did not work out. Not. A. Single. One.

4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report

I know this was ‘news’ two months ago but this is the climate we’re talking about – so re-familiarise yourself with perhaps the most important issue facing the entire planet.

The 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

And some visual reminders of the beauty at stake…

On my last night in Senja, I was gifted with an incredible cloud inversion. After two days of rain and zero visibility, Segla finally revealed itself. I arrived at midnight and waited until 3am for the sun to rise. With my tripod set up on the edge of a 500m cliff face, I ran into position to create a sense of scale as the fog began drifting. After 10 minutes, the fog had completely engulfed the peak. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time and capture this moment.

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