Doofaas and Boojums

June 14, 2002

After learning that the project to put postdocs into schools has been dubbed Inspire, after INovative Scheme for Postdocs In Research and Education (back page), the Diary was delighted to discover a whole website entitled the "Dumb Or Overly-Forced Astronomical Acronyms Site (Doofaas)".

The site includes such contrivances as: Aristoteles, Applications and Research Involving Space Technologies Observing The Earth's field from Low Earth orbiting Satellite; Boojums, Blue Objects Observed Just Undergoing Moderate Starbursts; and Genius, GErmanium liquid NItrogen Underground Setup.

Details: http://physun.physics.mcmaster.ca/Grad_Petitpas/Links/Astroacro.html

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