The Missing Link

(Update: one paper is now published http://iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205/781/1/L3/) Today I'd like to¬† tell a brief story and discuss three recent papers accepted or submitted to The Astrophysical Journal & The Astrophysical Journal Letters (and make some self-promotion as I've been involved in writing two such papers). The story is about an extraordinary object, called PSR J1023+0038,... Continue Reading →

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Public or Proprietary Data ?

Nowadays astronomical data is recorded in two ways. Either remotely, for example with space telescopes, or in ground based observatories. In the latter case however, astronomers do not usually perform the observation by themselves, but they propose which object (and how) should be observed. Then, if the proposal is approved, a mission control centre or... Continue Reading →

Creative Thinking in Science

Scientific discoveries can be divided, very broadly speaking, into four categories: major serendipitous discoveries, major discoveries that happen within a well known theoretical framework, major discoveries achieved by following unconventional ideas and minor incremental discoveries that most commonly are made when following an established agenda. The latter kind of discoveries certainly embrace the largest number... Continue Reading →

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