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I grew up and went to college in America, and most of my friends are still there. My friend Julie, however, headed off across the Atlantic not long after graduating, about the time I first went to Australia. We have both been mostly overseas since. Having crossed opposite oceans, we've only caught up in person three times since then, in three different countries, but we try to keep up
There are lots of rules in microanalysis. In the sort that I practice, elemental and isotopic in-situ mass spectrometry, most of these are more what you’d call guidelines than actual “rules.” But there is one rule that is not so malleable; the first rule. And that is this: Don’t run out of atoms. Figure 1. The protagonist in this figure has insufficient iron atoms for his proposed
So February is almost over, and here I am, only just now trying to wrap up last year. 2013 was a busy travel year. As you can see by the map below, I went a lot of places (red: destinations; blue: stopover countries), almost all of which were work related. But building high end mass spectrometers is a funny business. We travel halfway around the world, only to sit in climate-controlled
Last year, the New York Times published an article on the geography of opportunity. It discussed how upward mobility varied across many of the USA’s cities, and was particularly poor in urban centers in the South and rust belt. The article spent a fair amount of time discussing factors that gave cities like Seattle twice the upward mobility of cities like Atlanta. They discussed schools, and
Those of its inhabitants who had succeeded in surviving would find themselves at last face to face with the relentlessness of a scarcity of water constantly growing greater, till at last they would all die of thirst, either directly or indirectly; for either they themselves would not have water enough to drink, or the plants or animals which constituted their diet would perish for lack of it...
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