Do you like playing puzzles? Do you like science? Would you like the chance to combine the two?

My PhD student Alice Lynch is doing research into puzzles and hints and is currently running a Binairo Hint Study. If you have half an hour to play some puzzles and contribute to her research, it would be appreciated! 🤩
The study is here:

Feel free to share this link with anyone who you think might enjoy playing puzzles.

Spectacular final view before going behind the Moon and losing signal. Half an hour till expected reappearance.

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I had some trouble understanding all the different flybys and orbits and burns, but this gif from Wikipedia helped me a lot:

Right now is the first time the pink dot hits the green dot!

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These pictures are coming live from the capsule now, as it prepares for a close flyby of the moon. It will get within 80 miles of the lunar surface in the next hour.

Remember, this is a human-rated spacecraft, and they’ll be doing this again with humans in a year or two, for the first time in 50 years.

Livestream at

Labour disputes and universities 

There's an article today by the head of UCEA, the body which does the pay negotiations on behalf of universities. It's summed up as "more than half of pay rounds have ended in dispute in the past decade, so clearly the current mechanism needs careful examination".

This strikes me as entirely missing the point? The major reason the negotiations end in dispute is because they are almost never negotiations. UCEA come to the table with an insulting offer (e.g. 0%), and then budge to a ever-so-slightly less insulting offer, which was the figure they always planned to settle at in the first place.

The only way to stop negotiations ending in dispute is to offer real pay rises that maintain and restore appropriate levels of pay for workers.

“Labour would abolish the House of Lords”:

This is good news, but:

“It plans to hold a consultation on what a reformed new chamber would look like - including on its size and composition.”

There’s been talk about reforming the Lords for the last century, and I can’t see what a ‘consultation’ can tell us that we don’t already know.

should put forward an actual plan, or we’ll still just be consulting in another 10 years.

On Saturday the #Artemis I Mission Management Team polled “go” for #Orion’s outbound powered flyby past the #Moon. NASA will cover the flyby live on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and the NASA app starting at 12:15 UTC Monday, Nov. 21. The burn is planned for 12:44. Orion will lose communication with Earth as it passes behind the Moon from 12:25 through 12:59., making its closest approach of approximately 139 km from the surface at 12:57 UTC:

Cool tracker for the spacecraft here: <>.

Currently 31,000 miles from Earth, 5 hours after launch.

Artemis I's next 2-hour launch window starts at 06:04 tomorrow morning, livestream at <>.

This one's uncrewed, going into lunar orbit and returning. Artemis II will do the same with people on board. Artemis III will land astronauts on the moon!

Nice to see the T20 final on Channel 4. The more the sport’s on terrestrial TV, the better for everyone.

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I am Scottish 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and love traveling around the highlands and islands discovering places and history. I speak and understand a very tiny amount of Scottish Gaelic.

I am also Graf Graph at ArangoDB 🥑 where I fumble around with Graphs and distributed systems.

I like programming in Scheme, Idris, Elixir and Rust, and grudgingly still accept C++.

(I also have way too many interests, and I still want to stay a quiet observer.)

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