[This is blog post 2600. You have to be a real nerd to know why I care.]
I gave the annual Robbins Lecture in the Department of Physics at Rutgers University. I spoke about noise modeling and the discoveries of transiting exoplanets. Before my talk, I had many interesting discussions around the department, including extensive discussion of my favorite black-hole dark-matter model: tens- to hundreds-of-Solar-mass black holes. This model is not ruled out by anything, and it is possible to calculate exactly. Now, interesting question: What if the black holes discovered by LIGO are in fact dark-matter particles? Matthew Buckley (Rutgers) and I discussed this idea in some detail: Is the implied event rate consistent with three-body and many-body capture processes? Would the stochastic background be too loud? Etc.