Apologies to all of you for the lack of posts here last week -- my doctor has confined me to bed rest (don't worry, there's no problem other than that the baby seems to want to arrive a bit too early) and I didn't find it easy to type from a reclining position. But I've now traded my reclining position for sitting up (for a few hours a day anyway) on the couch, so I can do a little bit of catching up before departing for maternity leave. I'm afraid I can't tell you whether that's going to be days from now or weeks from now -- I wish I knew! Anyway, on to business.
I have a few things to post from last week, so watch for those to appear this morning! Here's a few other random items gleaned from my inbox.
Apparently, solar activity has reached new lows; we're currently at 11 days without a sunspot, and 86% of the days in 2009 have seen a totally spotless Sun. The minimum is so deep that spaceweather.com now has a new home page widget that tracks spotless days, instead of counting the number of spots.
Do you have a new Ph.D. in physics and need a job? There's a postdoctoral position open on the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer team at University College London.