November 22, 2002
QUARK DELENDA EST!:
Did quark matter strike Earth?
(Dr David Whitehouse, 22 November, 2002, BBC)
A group of researchers have identified two seismic events that they think provide the first evidence of a previously undetected form of matter passing through the Earth.
The so-called strange quark matter is so dense that a piece the size of a human cell would weigh a tonne.
The two events under study both took place in 1993.
Apropos of nothing; does anyone remember the '70s TV series, Quark
? And, does a "tonne" weigh a ton?
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2002 6:35 PM
A tonne is a metric ton; I suppose you could call it a "megagram".
So is that more or less than a real ton?
Somewhat more, about 2200 lbs. (since a kilogram is ~2.2 lbs).
Sadly yes, I can remember watching Richard Benjamin in Quark in the mid-1970s. Fortunately, I don't remember many of the details, except that he collected intergalactic garbage--which pretty much sums up the quality of the show.
Yeah, but it had the great Tim Thomerson as Gene/Jean.
in one episode, they were stranded on a planet named "Polumbus" for no apparent reason except that at the end of the half-hour, when they finally leave the planet, Benjamin could look back and say "Goodbye, Polumbus."
But how is it conservative?
It makes fun of Philip Roth?