Cruz and Kasich have now both suspended their campaigns, leaving Trump as the sole contender for the Republican nomination. That still isn’t stopping people from trying to figure out how to nominate someone else, but the chances of that are looking pretty grim right now.
It was reported last week that the LHC will be shut down for a few weeks due to a weasel gnawing through a power cable. The weasel, as you might expect, did not survive.
John Oliver has featured Puerto Rico again in his show on HBO. This time, he focuses on the ongoing debt crisis on the island. Yesterday’s episode also features Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the hit show Hamilton.
Over the past week or so, it looked like the Kepler telescope finally broke down for good. Luckily, it somehow recovered and may be able to run again. It’s already well past its original mission length but there’s still plenty of data to take if it’s able to. Even if it can’t take good data again, Kepler has already allowed scientists to make huge advances in the field of exoplanets (i.e. planets outside our solar system).
The first teaser for the first standalone Star Wars movie was released today. It looks much better than I was expected, but I’m pretty skeptical about the plan to treat Star Wars movies like Marvel movies and release one or more every year. It might dilute the impact of the main series and might not fit in so well with the way the franchise has always been run.
Microsoft attempted to release a new interactive Twitter bot that would try to have conversations with people. To no one’s surprise, Twitter users quickly figured out how to get it to say lots of horrible things. You would think that they would have expected this and would have tried harder to find some way to keep it from saying anything too offensive.
The president is in Havana right now for the first presidential visit to Cuba in nearly 90 years. It’s still surprising at how quickly things are moving right now. It’s still illegal for US citizens to just go to Cuba for vacations but it seems pretty likely that that will change soon.
The Edelweiss experiment has released a new preprint including updated limits in the low mass region from their WIMP dark matter search using germanium bolometers. There are still some stronger limits, but one interesting thing is that this further bolsters the case that the various purported WIMP signals from other experiments are probably not actually dark matter. The results from experiments like CoGeNT, CRESST, and DAMA all lie above the limit shown here.
Today is Pi Day (3/14), and is also accurate to 5 digits (3/14/16), so it’s an extra special Pi Day that won’t happen again for 100 years.
The human Go master has finally defeated the Go-playing supercomputer in the fourth out of a planned six matches. The computer is up 3-1 so it is still very likely end up with more wins. However, this at least shows that the Go computer cannot just defeat anyone at any time. There is still room for improvement.