It’s semester break and I’m in Paris this week, but I have a few moments to post on some topics that may be of interest:
People here in Europe seem quite normal, but Lubos has just won an award for Best European Blog.
Some details of the proposed new US stimulus package have just been released. Science is one of the main beneficiaries, with the DOE getting:
$1.9 billion for basic research into the physical sciences including high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences and improvements to DOE laboratories and scientific facilities.
This should dramatically change the situation at Fermilab, which has been operating so far this year under a low continuing resolution level of funding. For the immediate future, the funding situation in the US for HEP and science in general looks bright, although this presumably will come to a screeching halt whenever the federal government stops financing everything by printing a trillion dollars a year.
Travis Brooks of SPIRES has produced Top Cites lists for 2008. He has a blog posting about this here, and the list of most heavily cited papers during 2008 is here. For the first time in many years, a new hep-th fad is having visible impact, with Bagger-Lambert at number 37, and three other papers on the same topic in the top 50.
Over at the Edge web-site, there’s an interview with Frank Wilczek.