Year in review 2015

This year’s civilization metrics remain the same, with two small changes: I’ve slightly adjusted the ATLAS integrated luminosity values from “recorded” to “delivered” (which is again distinct from “good for physics”) since CERN makes it easier to get at those numbers, and the EIA has adjusted the way it shows solar production so I’ve taken that into account. The table is getting so wide that next year I’ll have to start dropping the early years, or maybe I’ll keep the first year and delete subsequent years so “how we started” is always visible. I have 366 of your Earth days to decide.

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Supercomputer (PFLOPs) 10.51 17.59 33.86 33.86 33.86
Known exoplanets 716 854 1055 1855 2041
ATLAS integ. lumin. (fb-1) 5.46 28.54 28.54 28.54 32.89
GenBank base pairs (billions) 135.1 148.4 156.2 184.9 203.9
US peak solar production (thousand MW-hr) 229.2 527.1 987.5 2,857.8 4,089.6
Kardashev score 0.7240 0.7248 0.7257 0.7264 NA
World population (billions) 7.0 7.1 7.1 7.2 7.3

The most popular post I’ve done by far was on SpaceX’s launch rate. The good news in that front is the recent successful landing of the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket.

I published a paper this year, and I current have two more in the pipe, five by five. The published one is on a certain method in quantum mechanics for 1D systems, and the two in production papers are for 2D and 3D.

Last year I mentioned how I was juggling an iPod touch and my HTC One phone. That stupidity ceased when I bought an iPhone 6 Plus and I further increased the utility of listening to podcasts and audiobooks by buying some wireless headphones.

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