Paul Demorest, a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomical Observatory, was in the news two weeks ago because he and collaborators measured the mass of a neutron star, and found it to be twice the mass of the Sun… which is more massive than some models said they should be.
However, there’s something else very significant about this, as evidenced by this photo:
Paul Demorest has a tribble!!!!!!
You can see for yourself if you go to the NRAO press release and watch the first movie there.
(More about actual science later; indeed, on November 20, I’ll be giving a popular talk in Second Life for MICA all about neutron stars and such.)