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Nobel Watch 2013

I’ve been meaning to write a post on Nobel Prize in Physics predictions, but I haven’t been able to get my act together. So here are some of the links that I was saving up to post (also including some info on the MacArthur Fellows):–Genius-Grant–recipients.html?isap=1&nav=5046

That first link goes to a site where people can apparently wager on various candidates. I’m not sure that’s the best way to go about predictions.

Anyhow, tomorrow morning is the big moment. With the government shutdown and all, I’m not expecting to hear a lot about it on CNN.

And speaking of the government shutdown, not even the 2012 Nobel Prize could get NIST employee D.J. Wineland an exemption from the restrictions on travel during the closure. So he picked out a colleague from the University of Maryland to give a Frontiers in Optics conference plenary talk in his stead. I do hope he gets a chance to speak at FiO 2014.