“I would request, that, my body, in death, be buried, not cremated. So that the energy content contained within it, gets returned to the Earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna throughout my life." ~Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Boschi said, according to the meeting minutes: “It is unlikely that an earthquake like the one in 1703 could occur in the short term, but the possibility cannot be totally excluded."
quoted from ‘Scientists on trial: At fault?‘, 14 September 2011 | Nature 477, 264-269 (2011) | doi:10.1038/477264a
“The problem is in part a scientific one, Mualchin said. The Italian scientists based their analysis on the frequency of earthquakes in the area. This is known as the probabilistic seismic-hazard analysis (PSHA), a method that is state of the art in many countries, but that, in Mualchin’s view, systematically underestimates seismic hazard because it does not consider extreme and rare events.
“Frequency is not important, what really matters is the largest earthquake we can expect, the strongest one that has happened in the past. Risk prevention should be based on that,” he said. This is the philosophy behind deterministic seismic-hazard analysis, a method that Mualchin says has been mostly abandoned by the scientific community, to the point that younger seismologists do not even learn about it."
quoted from “New twists in Italian seismology trial“, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature.2012.10049
今年的物理學獎得主有四名：Joseph Keller、Raymond Goldstein、Patrick Warren和 Robin Ball。
Joseph Keller的研究，是關於馬尾為甚麼左右擺動：Ponytail Motion（摘要；全文）。（今屆，主辦機構亦剛好發現1999年頒獎時遺漏了一個得獎人：Joseph Keller！對，就是同一個人；所以他已經是第二度獲獎了！當年的研究是跟Jean-Marc Vanden-Broeck一同完成，是關於怎樣的茶壺嘴才不會滴滴漏：Pouring Flows［摘要］。同年獲物理學獎的還有Len Fisher，他的研究是關於怎樣浸餅乾的：Physics takes the Biscuit［《自然（Nature）》雜誌連摘要也沒有登載…］。）
而Raymond Goldstein、Patrick Warren和 Robin Ball的研究，是關於馬尾的形狀：Shape of a Ponytail and the Statistical Physics of Hair Fiber Bundles（摘要；全文）。