Deal or no Deal?

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There’s a crime­wave in south­ern England. Deal Town Council have been been reck­lessly using the coat of Arms gran­ted to Deal Borough Council in 1968. As her­aldry afi­cion­ados will know, Deal Town Council cov­ers a slightly dif­fer­ent area than Deal Borough Council. Therefore there’s been a stretch of almost 40 years of law-breaking since the bor­ough coun­cil was dis­ban­ded in 1974.

Deal Town FC have also been told their kit is illegal due to their badge. Presumably because people might con­fuse them with the entirely non-existent Deal Borough FC.

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Town and foot­ball crest ‘unlaw­ful’
A town and its foot­ball club are told that it is unlaw­ful to con­tinue using their crest.

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Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day is due out in April

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I missed this till now. There’ll be a fourth instal­ment of the Science of Discworld. If you haven’t read any of the Science of Discworld books, they’re dif­fer­ent to the usual Science of… books in that Discworld doesn’t run on sci­ence so there’s not much point explain­ing how it could work sci­en­tific­ally. Instead it fol­lows an exper­i­ment by the wiz­ards of Unseen University to cre­ate a world that runs on rules instead of nar­rativium. Roundworld has no magic so how does a world come together and how does life col­on­ise it?

Science of Discworld II: The Globe was about the devel­op­ment of Mind with the aid of two play­wrights and Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch looked at how the idea of evol­u­tion was inven­ted again and again until Charles Darwin made it stick.

For Science of Discworld IV the Omnians have dis­covered about the Roundworld pro­ject. A world that is actu­ally round but has no gods is a bit of a prob­lem for the Omnians who believe that the disc is a globe, but are very keen on a God.

The cur­rent pub­lic­a­tion date is April 11.http://​www​.ran​dom​house​.co​.uk/​e​d​i​t​i​o​n​s​/​t​h​e​-​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​-​o​f​-​d​i​s​c​w​o​r​l​d​-​i​v​-​j​u​d​g​e​m​e​n​t​-​d​a​y​/​9​7​8​0​0​9​1​9​4​9​792

There was also a talk on the sci­ence of Discworld in Dublin last year.

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Stuck for a romantic science gift? You’ll have to be fast

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If you’re very quick you can make your own rain­bow roses, or other flowers. You’ll need a white rose, some food col­our­ing, a knife to split a stem and some time. +Anne Osterrieder has the details at AoB Blog.

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Roses are red — but they don’t need to be, if you know how to use food dyes and Fibonacci
Valentine’s Day is here and unless you share the cyn­ics’ view that this is a hol­i­day inven­ted by the flower industry, you might set off to buy a bunch of flowers for your other half on the day. Nex.…..

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The environmental cost of light pollution

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On my to-read list today is Light Pollution of the Mountain Areas in Poland by Ściężor, Kubala and Kaszowski. A quick skim sug­gests it’s about the mech­an­ics of meas­ur­ing light pol­lu­tion in Poland, but the ref­er­ences look like they could make the prob­lem more inter­est­ing. It’s not just about astro­nomy, there are meas­ur­able bio­lo­gical impacts from arti­fi­cial lighting.

It’ll be dif­fi­cult to see if there’s a sim­ilar prob­lem in the UK, because so much of it is well-lit. That means bio­lo­gical dam­age is the new nor­mal and there­fore not a prob­lem. Elsewhere this prob­lem is called the Shifting Baseline. http://​www​.ted​.com/​t​a​l​k​s​/​d​a​n​i​e​l​_​p​a​u​l​y​_​t​h​e​_​o​c​e​a​n​_​s​_​s​h​i​f​t​i​n​g​_​b​a​s​e​l​i​n​e​.​h​tml

See also: http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu//full/seri/JBAA./0104//0000313.000.html

#twt   #astro­nomy   #LightPollution  

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Light Pollution of the Mountain Areas in Poland / Zanieczyszczenie Świetlne W Obszarach Górskich W Polsce : Archives of Environmental Protection
Abstract. The exist­ence of extens­ive records for the impact of night sky bright­ness on the anim­als’ beha­vior in their nat­ural envir­on­ment shows the need to invest­ig­ate the level of arti­fi­cially induce…

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