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The Big Bang Theory's actors salary

August 5 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

I just read that the actors of the TV show The Big Bang Theory are getting a pay-rise. They will earn around 1 million euros per episode. This is over 20 years of my current salary as researcher. The actors have definitively great talent and the show...

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Personal website

August 3 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Paradoxically my registration to social networks have been motivated by my professional life. I registered in Facebook because I was organizing a public talk. A recent grant application form asks about a website. I decided to buy the domain name www.astrowing.eu....

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Writing nonfictions

August 3 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

A major aspect of my work as astrophysicists and leisure involves reading and writing. Reading and writing reports, scientific articles, press releases, emails, blogs. Like many I was struggling in putting in words my thoughts, especially in English,...

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Do we need to have a knowledge of philosophy of science to be a good scientist?

July 24 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Things are never completely settled. I thought that after a PhD and a few articles I would be a seasoned researcher until I discussed with someone with a dual degree in astrophysics and philosophy. That troubled me. Did I miss something essential during...

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Loneliness

July 10 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

The skeleton of an old woman has been found 7 years after her death, not in an isolated house in a small village. No, she was found in an apartment block in town. She died alone and isolated. Studies show that more and more people suffer from loneliness...

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ABCD de l'égalité

July 2 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Education of children is one of the most sensitive issues in our societies. Every parent is concerned and every parent has his or her own view. That makes consensus difficult. Debates on education also reflect the state of the society in a country. Divides...

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Moving

July 1 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

One stressful human activity is definitively moving since our societies are mostly sedentary. Moving to the same country is already complicated, moving abroad to a town and country where we have never lived before is almost an adventure. What is the best...

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Open peer review

June 29 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

I do not usually read The Economist magazine. One may agree or not with the editorial standpoint of the magazine but it provides weekly international news contrary to national publications except the Courier international in France. The science section...

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“The structure of scientific revolution” by Thomas S. Kuhn, a hard-to-read essential book

June 24 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

I am an academic researcher and as anyone who belongs to a small community with all his unspoken rules, customs, and idiosyncrasies, I am curious but also a bit scared to read about how we, as a community, behave. When I met someone who is much more inclined...

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Height: feeling short, average, or tall

May 23 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

I have been travelling these last few weeks and found out that it would a good idea to spend my waiting time at airports to write something for the blog. While travelling one thing you notice immediately is how different you are and look compared to people...

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