Sunday, October 14, 2007

Get notifications of updates to my website and blog via RSS feeds

Today I have updated my website to include notifications of updates to my website and blog via RSS feeds. Thus, if you are interested in knowing when I have added new stuff to my website or blog you will automatically get the headlines via your web browser or RSS reader!

Just click the RSS logo in the URL window of your browser or the links below and you will be all set.

RSS feed on updates on my website

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Kayaking with the rich and famous

Earlier this week I enjoyed the last kayaking trip this season - it is getting too cold here and I will be leaving for a four month stay in US/Canada in a couple of weeks..... Together with my friend and colleague Ulrik Sørensen I kayaked along the seashore north of Copenhagen between the harbors of Skovshoved and Taarbæk. This piece of shore is among the most expensive addresses in Denmark and it was thus quite interesting to get to see the big mansions close up. When you drive along the road (the famous Strandvejen) you can hardly see the beautiful houses due to big fences, but obviously they have a clear view of the ocean - and thus you have a clear view of them when you are close to shore in a kayak!
On the picture above you see Ulrik in front of Hvidøre from the 18th century which has served as a summer residence, diabetes hospital and most recently as internal conference center for the drug company Novo Nordisk. I was once there for a scientific meeting and it is quite nice! Between Ulrik and Hvidøre you can see the outline of a statue of the famous danish polar researcher Knud Rasmussen.
On the picture right, you see me in front of some impressive houses in my new flashy kayaking suit - as you can see the reflector stripes work quite well!
Well, it was a great after-work-trip, but due to the short days we had to turn around after just one hour and still we returned to the harbour in darkness. Next year I will have to come back in the summer so we can go even further up the shore - it is a beautiful spot!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

My climbing partner Carsten P. Jensen in TV

It seems like all my friends are in TV these days. Yesterday it was my climbing partner Carsten P. Jensen's turn! The reason for his appearance in TV was a new NASA grant to build a new front-line research satellite, NuStar, to study black holes in the universe.

I don't know how many nights I have been confined in a tent alone with Carsten while he has talked about black holes, hard X-rays and the NuStar satellite proposal! I certainly know a lot more about the universe than I ever thought I would! I was thus very happy for him and his boss, Finn Christensen, when they finally got the green light from NASA to build the satellite. Now I am sure that Carsten will have many more stories about the building phase and the research results when the satellite is launched into space in 2011!

You might wonder what is so exciting about black holes (I certainly do :-). Interestingly, their technology might also be used to reduce radiation in mammographies. Pretty cool that Carsten's X-ray mirrors might both be used to study black holes and breasts!

You can see the TV broadcast from DR2 Deadline by clicking here (QuickTime or iTunes required).

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