Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Foolery #22: What's in your mummy?

Last month I briefly mentioned my close friend while primarily featuring another friend who participated in the 'How to pee in Antarctica' adventure.

Today is Jen's turn to shine ten billion times brighter than the sun. She is all over the scientific world's news as a result of her announcement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) conference in Chicago that they will soon begin examining Egyptian artifacts in a special synchrotron called the Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing beamline (JEEP). This allows for a precise level of detail far beyond anything possible to date with x-rays and other digital imaging. In her words,

Heritage scientists are able to apply to use this unique beamline to delve deep inside precious ancient artefacts to unravel their secrets in a non-invasive way. Never before has it been possible to scan and image such large relics with such precision.

To say I am insanely excited for and proud of her & her work would be a vast understatement.

The only sadness I have is that Oxfordshire is so very far away from Seattle. I miss her terribly from our years together in California, and our children are just way too cute.

June 29th, Croquet in the country