Anyway, couple new impact craters, and, no known connection, couple new, bright, gulleys. They argue the gulleys are evidence of running water on Mars in the last 7 years or so. The paper's in Science.
RADIATION IS ALWAYS fun. Doc found some imbalance in thyroid hormones a couple weeks back at my annual physical, so I got to
drink the cool-aid ingest a capsule with radio-iodine in it this morning. At 7 in the A. M. Snooze. Anyway. I go back tomorrow, same time (did I mention Snooze?) for a scan. And an image. Just to see what kind of activity there is going on in there.
It thrilled my little calibration physicist's heart to be ushered into the room with the radiation detector in it for the pill. There's a chair like a dentist's chair, and a gadget with a flexible arm, again like something in a dentist's office, attached to a computer. The tech had the capsule in a small test-tube like glass container, and was measuring the activity of it with the same instrument that'll be used tomorrow to measure the activity of my thyroid. So, unless something happens to the instrument between now and then, we'll have a pretty clean measurement of how fast my thyroid uptakes iodine.
It's a pretty clever experiment. And they'll be imaging the emission after the first test, so they'll know what's hot and what's not.
Seems this kind of thing runs in families; my sister had a similar condition a few years ago. Shouldn't be a big deal, really, from what I read on Teh Intarwebs.
OUR GROUP SEEMS TO have survived our annual review from the outside world. The last few years we've been doing a two-day workshop kind of a thing. It's been decided that's overkill, so those will be biennial, and this year's review was by teleconference, and lasted all of an hour and a half. With relatively minimal suggestions from Them.
THIS YEAR'S NANOWRIMO seems to have inspired just shy of a billion words to be written. Yowza. Filling the world with dreck since 1996 or whenever. ;-)
I FIND MYSELF more or less without an idea for the Music Fun Challenge. Or, for that matter, the yet-to-be-announced Writing Fun Challenge. And I haven't started my Xmas shopping yet. So there.
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