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parallaxicality
2015-Feb-24, 04:31 PM
Did they deserve to die? Was there an alternative? Would any of you have adopted them? I mean yes, they were pooping on evidence for creation, but still, you can't really blame them.

Swift
2015-Feb-24, 04:40 PM
:confused:

StupendousMan
2015-Feb-24, 04:48 PM
Penzias and Wilson discovered that one source of noise in their microwave radio measurements was the pigeons that lived inside the telescope horn, and the, uh, deposits they left behind. In order to remove this source of noise, it seems that they removed the pigeons, with prejudice.

NEOWatcher
2015-Feb-24, 05:37 PM
Did they deserve to die? Was there an alternative? Would any of you have adopted them? I mean yes, they were pooping on evidence for creation, but still, you can't really blame them.
They did do that. But the adopter thought they were worthless and released them (about 50 miles away). They came back. In fact, their trap is now on exhibit in the Smithsonian.

Ara Pacis
2015-Feb-24, 05:56 PM
Would it make you feel better if someone had squab for dinner?

Swift
2015-Feb-24, 06:21 PM
Penzias and Wilson discovered that one source of noise in their microwave radio measurements was the pigeons that lived inside the telescope horn, and the, uh, deposits they left behind. In order to remove this source of noise, it seems that they removed the pigeons, with prejudice.
I sort of remember the story. I was as much confused as to why parallaxicality brought it up now.

NEOWatcher
2015-Feb-24, 06:50 PM
I sort of remember the story.
I remember it from Stephen Hawking's Universe. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dR26JmmaBM) Episode 2, at 5:50.

parallaxicality
2015-Feb-24, 10:31 PM
I sort of remember the story. I was as much confused as to why parallaxicality brought it up now.

They were mentioned on "The Infinite Monkey Cage"

spjung
2015-Feb-27, 10:32 PM
The framing story of the 2004 BBC movie Hawking (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395571/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) was an interview with Penzias and Wilson about their work. It reappeared on TV around the time The Theory of Everything movie came out. One of the things the pair mentioned was the pigeon dung.

publiusr
2015-Mar-01, 10:07 PM
They left nanomachines that faked the CMB. That they couldn't scrape up.

On a serious note, did they think the metal itself might throw things off?

grapes
2015-Mar-02, 03:17 AM
The framing story of the 2004 BBC movie Hawking (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395571/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) was an interview with Penzias and Wilson about their work. It reappeared on TV around the time The Theory of Everything movie came out. One of the things the pair mentioned was the pigeon dung.
CSI CQ, soon to be a movie in its own right