I’d been wondering what was going on at LIGO Livingston since it’s right outside Baton Rouge, and would be affected by Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Katrina (storm science, multimedia). In Google Maps, you can see the interferometer just north of the marker for Livingston. Anyway, there had been no word at all via email from anyone at the lab. I tried to connect to the lab website (linked above), but it was down and still is, as of this writing. Finally, the lab director sent email to all members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration that the lab is closed, and off-limits, and its power cut due to Katrina.
I was just mentioning this lack of contact to Phil Torrone on IRC, and he mentioned that Brian Greene told him in an interview that physicists (and I would say scientists, in general) don’t do very much informal online communication, like IM, IRC, or blogs. That’s changing, though. Which would be a good thing, in my opinion. I’m very accustomed to having a rather constant “feed” of informal information, and feel very out of touch when I don’t get any contact.
Listening to New wave jacket by Polysics