By Sean Carroll | September 25, 2010 9:05 am

“Greatness comes with a price. It always has.”

Premiering tonight on SyFy. I trust no more needs be said.

  • Rhacodactylus

    Everyone knows that this is the next step after GM salmon . . . sharktopus.

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  • spyder

    I was just reading about the Kochtopus. I am thinking that the Sharktopus will be less dangerous to children and other living things.

  • Maldoror

    That’s a delicacy in Asia.

  • Jason Dick

    Hmmm…it’s clearly got a mouth at both ends. Which mouth does it poop out of?

  • Sean

    Sharktopus doesn’t poop. What Sharktopus consumes, it processes with 100% efficiency.

  • mooney

    Oh yeah! Shake that ass!

  • Robert Brandt

    When a technician mentioned that he had given the creature, “an excellent taste in women” he was praised for his initiative.

  • Brian Too

    Best. Monster. Ever!

  • Subir

    Hi Sean,
    I was expecting some blog from you on the paper Hawking Radiation From Ultrashort Laser Pulse Filaments.
    I would like to know your view on this paper.

  • Sean

    It’s a good paper, but it’s not really Hawking radiation. You need gravity for that.

  • loqk

    you don’t need gravity for hawking radiation. Hawking radiation, by definition only needs an event horizon.

    that can be any kind of event horizon and we already know those can be produced by:
    massive gravity (black hole)
    massive acceleration (the edge of our universe)
    warping of space due to theoretical unknown matter (wormholes)

    you can also create virtual event horizons for waves of any kind by creating the correct conditions. like any model, some attributes are applicable to a spacial event horizon, and some are not.


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About Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] .


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