Archive for May, 2019

Shep’s Photoshop (Event Horizon Telescope)

May 18, 2019

A preview of my next Casebook:

shep doeleman eht, event horizon telescope, black hole photo, black hole image, anne kinney nsf, diane souvaine nsb, anneila sargent caltech, fiona harrison caltech
roger falcone aps, megan donahue aas, michael moloney aip
nsf diamond achievement award


Event Horizon Telescope resolution

May 17, 2019

Here’s one figure that will go into my Casebook called Shep’s Photoshop.
roger falcone aps, megan donahue aas, michael moloney aipshep doeleman eht, event horizon telescope, anne kinney nsf, diane souvaine nsb, anneila sargent caltech

How to install science fraud

May 17, 2019

The image of the “M87 Black hole” acquired by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) was a patent science fraud – not even a clever one. Yet it is being installed with every might of America into the body of established science and into the lore of our civilization.

There is no way – NO WAY! – in God’s green earth that this image came from the observation.

While the physics establishment is not in direct evidence in the following circus, this could not have happened without its covert support. Or could it?

No sooner was this “discovery” announced than the photographer Shep Doeleman was created a TIME100 knight.

Then the Congress of the United States felicitated him in a Hearing.

Then the National Science Foundation – the funder of this project – will self-validate by giving EHT a high NSF award.

Then the World Science Festival will felicitate Doeleman in a ticket event.

And wait for the floodgate on the prizes to open!

Also, wait for my Casebook: SHEP’S PHOTOSHOP




Astronomers, are LIGO signals on the sky?

May 16, 2019


Pedagogy on LIGO laser-wavelength stretching

May 16, 2019

roger falcone aps, michael moloney aip, megan donahue aas, david reitze ligo, anne kinney nsf, diane souvaine nsb, anneila sargent caltechligo interferometeredward witten princeton, robbert dijkgraaf princeton, ligo india, ligo japan, ligo kagra, lindau nobel laureate meeting 2019, 69th lindau nobel laureate meeting

LIGO science: More muddle

May 13, 2019

Construction of LIGO India has begun

May 11, 2019

According to this report, construction work on LIGO India has begun. They expect to begin observation in 2025.

This is significant news for LIGO critics. It means that NSF-LIGO is proceeding flank speed towards a multi-year program of well-funded discoveries.

Earlier reports said that before beginning construction, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would perform a groundbreaking ceremony. I have not seen any reports of this so far.

LIGO today is backed by multiple governments, and the world media. It has become so that before any science happens, just the mere sight of a wiggle sends the media into a tizzy. This summer LIGO will feature big in the science festival circuit. Kip Thorne and Barry Barish at Starmus in Zurich, and Rainer Weiss at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

Just about the only group that is no longer applauding LIGO today is the physics establishment. There is an ominous silence there.

How Kip Thorne shot himself in the foot

May 9, 2019

LIGO detector size vs wavelength

May 7, 2019


Astronomers do not shoot yourselves in the foot

May 5, 2019

megan donahue aas, roger falcone aps, zwicky transient facility, ztf, david reitze ligo